Recommendation Systems that Establish new Forms of Representational Reality: Eliminating the Dividing Line between Information Emitter and Receptor of Journalistic Information

By Walter Lima.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The paper aims to connect various fields of knowledge, including journalism, information sciences, and human cognition. It analyzes Recommendation Systems (RS) on the Web in order to understand how they are changing user-experiences and, consequently, affecting the fundamental structures of journalism. Today’s networks are decentralized with few barriers to entry. They provide new ways of consuming journalistic production, and have altered the system established by broadcasting, transforming the relationship between audience and informational preferences. New possibilities are emerging that will define how the information emitter provides social relevance to its audience. Relevance is the basis of RS and for the algorithms that, unseen by their audience, operate invisibly and transparently. New information ecosystem is eliminating the dividing line between information emitter and receptor of journalistic information. This represents a unique visualization and availability context that does not differentiate between direct human actions and the actions of computer programmed algorithms.

Keywords: Journalism, Recommendation Systems, Relevance, Cognition, Technology

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.289-296. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 946.982KB).

Dr. Walter Lima

Professor, Postgraduate Program, Casper Libero Foundation, Methodist University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Post-graduation Professor at Methodist University of Sao Paulo. I hold a postdoctoral degree in Communication and Technology (Methodist University) and a PhD in Sciences of Communication (Sao Paulo University). Member of the Research Support Centre on Cognitive Science of the University of Sao Paulo (USP) and researcher at the National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development, a government organization that fosters scientific research, with a funded project called Neofluxo (


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