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Ishtiaque Hossain

Author - Wallowing in Dhaka



Author of Wallowing in Dhaka, The Medium Effect and Deconstructing the Donald

A writer from Dhaka, Bangladesh currently working in the Malaysian advertising industry. 

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Filter Bubbles Are Shrinking Our Minds

In a Ted Talk, internet activist Eli Pariser demonstrated how the same search query can produce very different results for different individuals, based on their past online behaviour. As Pariser argues, these algorithms are playing the role of information gatekeepers. They shape, or reinforce, our world view based on what we want to see instead of what we would rather not see but may need to see.
11/09/2016 10:55 PM IST

Where The Holy Grail Is Pokémon And An Orange Buffoon Is King

Seems to me these days the world is in the throes of a delirium. In the same world where people are being killed in horrific terrorist attacks every other day, we have people obsessing over the Kim K vs. Taylor Swift feud on Snapchat. We literally have people dying while trying to catch virtual Pokémon superimposed on the real world. While civilians and children die from drone strikes in Syria.
23/07/2016 10:40 AM IST
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Bangladesh Is Outraged By Attack On Hindu Teacher, But Here's What's Getting Lost In The Din

The outrage perpetrated In Bangladesh against headmaster Shyamal Kanti Bhakta, who was beaten by a mob and forced to do squats while holding his ears for allegedly insulting Islam, is unfortunate to say the least. The entire country's show of solidarity with this man is proof that Bangladesh is not a fundamentalist country. However, one "tiny" detail seemed to have gotten lost in the din.
20/05/2016 8:30 AM IST