a lEss i — Today, cultural discovery — how we find that next...
Today, cultural discovery — how we find that next book to read, that next song to listen to, drink to drink, movie to watch, place to visit — it’s all up for grabs. With two contenders eyeing the spoils. First, the retail machine. People who bought this, also bought that. Culture as a web of SKUs. Next, the social signal. Reviews, ratings and likes. Culture as a web of opinion. In each camp, deep technology and huge user bases. Each pushing toward a kind of sameness. Similar purchases, similar likes, often similar categories — book to book, song to song, movie to movie.

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