echo chamber

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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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Does the sinkhole represent the echo chamber that is politics in 2018? Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Sinkhole/Possible Metaphor Appears Outside White House," 22 May 2018 The Crystal River Ranch area is kind of an echo chamber. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Forest Service closes target-shooting area near Greenwater following residents’ complaints," 2 July 2018 From talk radio to Fox News to Breitbart, alternative public spheres coalesced as echo chambers, where climate science could be regularly parried and parodied and conservative precepts about government overreach perpetually reinforced. Christopher Sellers, Vox, "How Republicans came to embrace anti-environmentalism," 6 July 2018 The result is an echo chamber of Good Trump News that diminishes all the bad news. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "The systemic problem with pro-Trump media, in one quote," 14 May 2018 Google and other companies like Facebook have been criticized for promoting fake news and for personalizing content to such a degree that users can live within their own echo chambers and info-bubbles. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Google News gets Material Design look, better personalization with AI," 8 May 2018 Gab even left its own echo chamber to post an update on its Twitter account, where it would be seen by the masses. NBC News, "Trolls spread hateful fake Starbucks coupon," 19 Apr. 2018 Listeners are well acquainted with my right-of-center viewpoint, and quite frankly, exchanging high fives and attaboys in an echo chamber makes for a pretty boring afternoon drive. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Conservative Radio Host: How I Got Pranked by Sacha Baron Cohen," 12 July 2018 But polarization, along with social media echo chambers, probably puts a floor on both how high a modern president can go and how far one can fall. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The messy reality of Donald Trump’s poll numbers," 5 July 2018

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1842, in the meaning defined above

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