I should vote for the Liberal Democrats, an internet quiz says. If I lived in Britain and was eligible to vote in the upcoming elections, that is. The problem with a site like whoshouldyouvotefor.com is of course that it pretends and maybe even tries to be objective although the format never can be. Which questions are asked and the way the questions are framed is an obvious way of creating bias, and then of course we have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes. How are the results calculated? Should we trust these people?

I wonder whether the popularity of silly internet quizzes will train people to not take this kind of service seriously, or whether our trust in the objectivity of machines will simplify future democracy by simply instating multiple choice quizzes instead of elections?

22. April 2005 by Jill

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