We make stories to understand the world. If they’re fictional, like the stories of the zodiac, that doesn’t make them any less important for sailors in understanding where they were […] What spooks me about algorithms as nature is precisely that they have no distortion, they have no affordance, there’s no purchase on the world they describe. Their illegible nature is, quite literally, a world without narrative. There’s only a beginning and an end.
Kevin Slavin on algo-culture. For a related read, see Eli Pariser’s provocative The Filter Bubble. (via curiositycounts)