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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Recent Examples on the Web Listening to the mind’s echo chamber with impartiality gives us distance and keeps us from attacking ourselves. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, "How To Reboot Your Career If You Get The Brush-Off At Work," 4 Apr. 2021 Confusingly, my echo chamber also reverberates with stories about how platforms, algorithms and data are going to end it. Alexander Finlayson, Forbes, "Humanity Versus Tech: Human Solutions To Human Creations," 7 Apr. 2021 Early results show that a lot of content that does not break the company’s rules could still be causing harm in some communities, where the information bounces around in an echo chamber. Washington Post, "Facebook and Twitter must do more to fight anti-vaccine misinformation, a dozen state attorneys general demand," 24 Mar. 2021 Despite the stakes, some senators used their question time to amplify narratives that resonate in their political echo chamber. David Rohde, The New Yorker, "Garland Is the Last, Best Chance to Uncover Trump’s Role on January 6th," 21 Mar. 2021 And the social isolation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Laurie said, had further sealed Claire and her husband in something of a political echo chamber. Washington Post, "They’re worried their mom is becoming a conspiracy theorist. She thinks they’re the ones living in a fantasy world.," 12 Mar. 2021 Most of the people who actually speak up about the topic are Asian, and so we're left with a constant echo chamber that bounces our voices back to other Asians. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Why Some Asian Americans are Staying Silent About the Ongoing Hate Crimes," 2 Mar. 2021 The internet creates more space for extremism, and the echo chamber effect accelerates the process. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Brian Stelter says 'right-wing media machine' is radicalizing Trump supporters, compares it to radicalization of ISIS members," 20 Dec. 2020 China, Russia and Iran also reinforced each other's messaging, cross-referencing reports and sources, deepening their echo chamber of authenticity. Erika Kinetz, Star Tribune, "Takeaways: AP investigation of China COVID-19 disinformation," 14 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of echo chamber

1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Echo chamber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/echo%20chamber. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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