The internet was heralded as a platform to cross boundaries and connect people with new and diverse ideas. Is it achieving this? In an illuminating TED Talk, pioneering online organizer Eli Pariser, author of The Filter Bubble, discusses how search engines, social media platforms and even news agencies are discretely tailoring content to the user. Considering that different users can get different results for the same Google Maps search, this could have dramatic real-life effects on diversity and the exchange of ideas in our cities.
Part talk series, community forum, brainstorming session, and party, Idea Bombing has been spreading across Australia. Based on two sessions in Melbourne, 50 ideas for creative and playful cities emerged. As one might expect from the description, the ideas are across the board, from the applied to the ridiculous, but in their sum, represent a collective effort to innovate how we interact with our neighbours and cities themselves.