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  1. Feb 2019
    1. In other words, when YouTube fine-tunes its algorithms, is it trying to end compulsive viewing, or is it merely trying to make people compulsively watch nicer things?

      YouTube's business interests are clearly rewarded by compulsive viewing. If it is even possible to distinguish "nicer" things, YouTube might have to go against its business interests if less-nice things DO lead to more compulsive viewing. Go even deeper, as Rob suggests below, and ask if viewing itself can shape both how (compulsive?) and what (nice or not-nice?) we view?