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We need a new Walt Whitman to imagine a virtual public space | John Naughton

Where are the poet’s modern-day counterparts who will campaign for an internet that’s open to everyone?
A music party at Walt Whitman’s Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, where ‘very different people gather and coexist’. Photograph: Sean Drakes/Getty Images

A remarkable has just caught my eye. “To mend a broken internet,” reads the headline, “create online parks.” The author is Eli Pariser, whose 2011 book, , provided an extraordinarily prescient warning of the way our networked world would evolve. In it, he argued that “the rise of pervasive, embedded filtering is changing the way we experience the internet and ultimately the world”. We would, he warned, wind up living in “filter bubbles” – personalised information ecosystems or digital echo chambers – that insulate us from views of the world

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