Filter Bubbles and the Surveillance Model

This was co-authored with Anushree Gupta who blogs at

[Disclaimer: We don’t claim to know the exact workings of the internet so we are working with whatever knowledge we do have. Also, this touches upon quite a few things that are complexly interrelated and form feedback loops and vicious circles. Hence a linear flow may not always be found. Please bear with it.
Companies generally mean normal (non-internet) companies. “Website” has been used again and again instead of internet companies to keep the writers sane.]

The internet is basically just a lot of servers(data storage devices) that are interconnected, forming a network. Hence, interconnected+network=internet. Okay, maybe not, but essentially the internet isn’t a magical thing. It is just a collection of devices that are connected. Now keeping all these things working requires many resources. Need for resources generally implies that there is going to be a need for financial support for the infrastructure as well as the intellect working behind the scenes. In the current scenario, the Web as we know it is run by companies providing services to anyone who has access to the internet including social media, news and search among many others. Like regular companies, they need money to operate. So, how do these internet companies get money?

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[Disclaimer: Beware! There will be spoilers. I strongly suggest that you go watch the movie before continuing reading. Also, this isn’t an in depth analysis of the movie; I am just stating some of the things that I noticed.]

Let me start by saying that this space exploration saga is an epic movie! With names such as Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan, Matthew McConaughey, and Kip Thorne associated with it you don’t go in expecting anything less. Now this isn’t a full blown review, I am just stating some thoughts I had about this movie. What I mainly want to talk about in this movie is essentially the contribution of Kip Thorne and why the people who are criticising the science behind the movie are wrong. I would also lament on the lacklustre way in which they botched up the whole dystopia.

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Book Bucket Challenge

As a bibliophile the book bucket challenge was a truly exhilarating experience for me. It was also a very humbling and educating experience. Now, many of you might be wondering what I am rambling about. Talking about a silly list making game as a cherished adventure. Read on all ye faithless, I’ll try to explain.

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Economic Organisation of a POW Camp

This is half a review of the article “Economic Organisation of a POW Camp” and half a commentary on what I learned from it. I was told of this paper by R.A. Radford by my father when he found out that I had a course on economics in my second semester. The author Richard Radford was English by birth and left university to join the army at the start of World War II. He was captured by enemy forces in Libya in 1942, and he got his degree in Economics after returning to Cambridge after the war. He later moved to America to join the IMF, where he served till his retirement. He also taught economics at John Hopkins University in his early days at the IMF.1

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Inner Demons

[Disclaimer: I have no idea what this post is trying to accomplish. I don’t think I am any closer to gaining the courage to complete my apology(read on for what this is). Nor have I understood clearly all that I am capable of. This is probably just a random rant where I go all philosophical about inner demons but I had to get this one out of me.
PS: Please ignore the overuse of parentheses.
PPS: Post-scripts within a disclaimer??]

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The Golden Age – Woodkid

[Disclaimer: For someone who just decided to write about music, I have no idea what’s the difference between harmony and melody. I don’t even know if I should use them to illustrate my ignorance. Anyway, I wanted to write about this so here it is. This is what I think and is in no way backed by anything else, please take that into consideration before moving on.]

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