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Kyle Chayka on How Algorithms Have Altered Digital and Physical Consumption

The platforms that accompany us through life, providing endless entertainment, know us. For that, we can thank the algorithm—that intangible constant that we’re subconsciously aware of, but which rarely constitutes more than a fleeting thought. When we’re all intrinsically loyal to the algorithm, do we still have autonomy over our personal taste and choices? Or is technologically assisted curation homogenizing culture?

As part of our ongoing exploration of algorithms, we spoke with New Yorker internet columnist Kyle Chayka on how algorithms affect our lives and reshape our taste. Listen below to hear Chayka’s take on the simultaneous flattening and expansion of culture, courtesy of the algorithm.