Episode Sixteen – Local Democracy and Algo-Free Living
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Episode Sixteen – Local Democracy and Algo-Free Living

In this episode of "What A Lot Of Things", Ian and Ash celebrate their podcast's return to a regular cadence, with episodes now coming out every two weeks.

The duo cover two main topics - local democracy and the backlash against social media algorithms. On local democracy, Ian discusses his experience running for town council, the arcane rules and challenges involved, and his belief that more ordinary citizens should get involved to make local councils less political and more pragmatic.

The conversation then shifts to the pros and cons of social media algorithms. Ash and Ian examine how platforms like TikTok and YouTube quickly learn user preferences, sometimes recommending questionable content, and debate whether such algorithms ultimately benefit users or simply enable more effective advertising and "shitification". They also discuss some emerging alternatives that aim to provide more transparent, human-curated social media experiences.

Ian and Ash conclude by sharing the best way for listeners to get in touch with their thoughts and feedback. Another thought-provoking installment of "What A Lot Of Things"!

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Creators and Guests

Ash Winter
Host
Ash Winter
Tester but not a quality engineer. Talks about testability.
Ian Smith
Host
Ian Smith
Happiest when making stuff or making people laugh. Tech, and Design Thinking. Since 2019, freelancer and FRSA.