TMS: Book Review Podcast Show Notes

Award winning book Feb. 2018

This podcast was very enjoyable to create with my classmates Sarah Williams and MyKila Allix. We started off with a rough start considering none of us has done a podcast in a while but once we all met up, it became very easy to lay out a plan. We chose the book Algorithm of Oppression by Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble to do the book review on. The podcast focused of the strengthen and weaknesses of the book. It was so many strengthens to Dr. Noble’s book it was hard to argue anything she presented in her research. My podcasting crew really enjoyed reading this book. We are a group of women who uses the internet therefore it was easy to relate to Dr. Noble’s finding. The books main point was to shed a light on search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. The search engines show a collection of negative biases about women when enter the words “black women”, “Asian women”, “Latino women”, and “Indian women”. Dr. Noble brought this issue to many internet users attention; that raise a question. Why are search engines allowing sexually references to pop up when people only put in the color or nationality of the women? There are so many things that could show when you put in “Asian girl” but pictures of hot and sexy Asian girls pop up. I figured that the searches were mirrored and the search engine is only going to give you what you put in it. If many people are searching that same thing, making that a top search; that’s why it shows up at the top. However, my classmate Sarah noticed that these were advertisements that payed google to be at the top when someone searched anything about Asian girls. That changed everything. That meant Google is allowing these type of algorithms to be shown because people payed for them to be at the top. That made us wonder is Google racist? Dr. Noble says, “Google denies everything. They deny any harm or ill intent”. Dr. Noble also brought to our attention that Google takes money from everybody, people who support segregation, KKK, and anything else. As long as you pay, it doesn’t matter. It sounds like they are responsible to me and if there is anyone who think they are not responsible than who is? I encourage everyone men and women to read this book. Especially, if you are an internet user it is strongly recommended.

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TMS Podcast

Check out a few other book reviews and what other people feel about this book.

Book Review from Helen Kara:

Book Review: Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble

Book Review from Mark Filipowich:

Safiya Umoja Noble’s Algorithms of Oppression

Timeline : Stray Dogs Attacks in Detroit

When stray pit-bull dogs attack

Vicious Pit Bull dog; ready to attack. All Things Wildly Considered blog. 2012

The city of Detroit struggles with the endless amount of stray dogs. In fact, the stray dogs are so bad that they are becoming seriously dangerous towards the citizens. This timeline is created for research purposes.

I wanted to focus on the the most recent attacks around the city from east to west starting from the year 2014 to 2019. The attacks slowed down a bit in the 2018 but pick back up quickly is February 2019.

The attacks involve pit-bull dogs only because those are more common to be vicious toward citizens. Many people think dogs have to be aggravated or taunted with in order for an attack to happen.

This timeline shows that’s not true. In almost every incident with a pit-bull, the victim was minding their business. My goal is to bring awareness to citizens who live in neighborhood that accumulate stray dogs.

There are still dog catchers that will address any issues before it’s too late. The city of Detroit has responded on multiple occasions about the stray dog issue but have failed to solve anything. This year, more than three children has died in a situation involving a dangerous dog. Hopefully the city of Detroit figures out out a way to keep the animals off the street and us safe.

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