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Best of Beacon NY. Picked by Robots?

A link tripped my Beacon NY google alert the other day which illustrates one of the impulses for starting domivox.  This “Best of Beacon” and the “Beacon Top 10″ lists on the site (I’ve since misplaced the link) that tripped the alert essentially consist of scraped info from various other sites on which users had posted reviews of local businesses.  These resulting lists started with Dia:Beacon then moved down to a selection of restaurants and businesses, the placement of which seems very random.  That randomness is the by-product of the algorithmic method by which information on many websites is valuated, harvested and collated.

Sure, these listed businesses have commonality in their location, and certainly, real people had taken the time to right about and rate businesses regarding their experiences, but aggregating this information, with the logic of a robot leaves just one element missing from the presentation:  meaning.

We here at Domivox have nothing against algorithms.  We will be using them here as we develop this site.  Algorithms have the power to extend our grasp on what’s happening in the world and they enhance the potential of our experience by putting data in our hands, but algorithms can’t replace the human eye or mind – yet, and those human attributes are essential for interpreting that data for significance.

That’s what we hope domivox will do, at least for the community of Beacon,  bring a little human touch back into the collation of information and highlight the voices of our neighbors who shape the character of this city.

Consider Domivox an informational equivalent to a CSA in a world populated by corporate content farms.

Domivox: homegrown, thoughtful food for the humans – not robots – of Beacon, NY.