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Brian Esserlieu

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  • The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Eli Pariser
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
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    (103)
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    In December 2009, Google began customizing its search results for each user. Instead of giving you the most broadly popular result, Google now tries to predict what you are most likely to click on. According to MoveOn.org board president Eli Pariser, Google's change in policy is symptomatic of the most significant shift to take place on the Web in recent years: the rise of personalization.

    Brian Esserlieu says: "Now in the top 3 best books I've ever read"
    "Now in the top 3 best books I've ever read"
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    I rarely write reviews for anything so please know that when reading this. *I give this book my highest recommendation*

    I discovered this book when I opened one of those viral emails that got distributed to me by a friend about Eli Pariser's "The Filter Bubble" presentation he gave at the 2011 TED talks. This video was very interesting to me, and when I learned he was just summarizing his thesis for his book of the same name, I immediately investigated.

    I read a few reviews for this book and decided to give it a try. I was hooked in the first chapter. This book is incredible! I have just finished it this morning, and honestly believe it is the most impactful and insightful book users of Google and Facebook should understand. None more than a great (paraphrased) quote: Chances are if you are using a free online service, *you* are actually the product being marketed.

    To be straight forward though, I must confess that I am a computer science student, and aim to venture in the world of internet technologies, and as a result I found this book particularly relevent towards what I would like to do in the future. Having said that, in no way shape or form should anyone think this book is less relevant if they know nothing about Google's search algorithms.

    If you've never done a lot of Google searches, or do not have a Facebook account, you may not find this book particularly helpful. For people that find themselves on computers as often or more often than watching TV, this book is worth taking a look at.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3150)
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    (2246)
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    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "Excellent!"
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    I'm a huge fan of the horror/zombie/apocalyptic style stories, movies, and The Walking Dead (graphic novel). I just finished this audio book, and really enjoyed it. The narrator was excellent, and the story itself was among the best I've read. I really enjoyed the characters that come up, and the entry into the "Armageddon" state. I highly anticipate the new book Beyond Exile (sequel?) coming out in July 2010.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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