Opinion | How Facebook’s News Feed Changed the Internet

Your uncle caught a flounder this afternoon. President Biden mentioned one thing about the Middle East. It’s your boss’s birthday. Your unrequited crush from sophomore yr is with some dude on a seashore in the Florida Panhandle and ingesting a beer.

Feeds, up to date in actual time and tailor-made to particular person customers, have turn out to be a normal function of on-line social networks. In the Opinion video above, Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman, a Los Angeles-based filmmaker, traces the proliferation of those streams of curated updates to sooner or later in September 2006 — the day Facebook switched on its News Feed.

The News Feed’s launch had a seismic influence on the web each in the brief time period — by inducing widespread apoplexy amongst Facebook customers — and in the long run by basically altering the social media panorama and expertise. But Mr. Hurwitz-Goodman argues that the News Feed and the internetwide transformations it impressed resulted in not solely a lower in privateness but in addition a lack of person autonomy and an erosion of a extensively shared sense of group.

Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman is a filmmaker primarily based in Los Angeles.

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