echo chamber

noun

Definition of echo chamber

: a room with sound-reflecting walls used for producing hollow or echoing sound effects often used figuratively Living in a kind of echo chamber of their own opinions, they pay attention to information that fits their conclusions and ignore information that does not.— James Surowiecki

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Her love songs are often about passions held in secret, in the echo chamber of the narrator’s heart, and the over-all effect is often surreal: the beloved is rendered solipsistically, and the pledges of devotion are unsettling. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "On the Road with Mitski," 1 July 2019 The community was an echo chamber, witnesses said, and dissenters were subject to recrimination. Colin Moynihan, New York Times, "Nxivm: How a Sex Cult Leader Seduced and Programmed His Followers," 14 June 2019 Still, Jason has struggled to win sympathy across the echo chambers of social media. San Diego Union-Tribune, "He voted for Trump. Now he and his wife raise their son from opposite sides of the border," 19 May 2019 Ran it through different speeds, put it through echo chambers, had a lot of fun building the telemetry backgrounds which are part of the fabric of Star Wars. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Real World Stuff Behind Star Wars' Iconic Sounds," 3 Apr. 2019 China’s online echo chamber is also perilous for Chinese celebrities, many of whom maintain active social media accounts to court fans and endorsements. WSJ, "Dolce & Gabbana Tripped Up in China by Promo Deemed Racist," 22 Nov. 2018 And, of course, the media's echo chamber didn't stop there. Fox News, "Scalise compares Trump's Russia strategy to Obama's; Nunes on warning Obama administration about Russia," 19 July 2018 Where was this echo chamber, where were these avatars of human rights, when Mr. Obama gave the mullahs pallets of cash to carry out their work as the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism? Mike Pompeo, WSJ, "The U.S.-Saudi Partnership Is Vital," 27 Nov. 2018 But a larger body of research suggests that Facebook, as well as other social media, tend to reinforce and intensify existing political views by creating an echo chamber of friends and like-minded users. Scott Shane, New York Times, "What Mark Zuckerberg Will Be Grilled On at the Congressional Hearings," 9 Apr. 2018

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1842, in the meaning defined above

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