Aug 6, 2022 • 55M

002b: Content algorithms: We’re the tools and Google is the operator

How algorithms make us behave in weird ways

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Literally 2 Cents About Content! is a podcast about content mills and the broader concept of labeling all creative work "content." Why do we call everything anyone produces "content"? How does this "content" frame affect us as content consumers? And what types of conditions do content creators labor under? Check out Liz's website at and Alex's site at
Episode details

Alex and Liz talk about algorithms and how they select and serve content, with an extended riff on an academic paper about bureaucracy (don't worry! we make it easy to understand). Also, if you've ever wondered what recursion is, we've got you covered with a simple definition and some basic examples.

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Essay “The concept of algorithm as an interpretative key of modern rationality” (view-only; no PDF download without premium sub):