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

Examples of echo chamber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alas, in the post-fact world where lies and outlandish conspiracy theories are tossed around in media echo chambers, the courts have become the one final institution where misleading claims finally meet the truth. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 25 Oct. 2023 At its worst, the comment section could be a bit of an echo chamber nestled inside a snake pit. Erin Gloria Ryan, Rolling Stone, 11 Nov. 2023 One factor is certainly the relentless doom-saying of Republicans and conservatives, amplified on social media and by the right-wing echo chamber. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 No one’s listening, they’re getting caught in the echo chamber of their own points of view. Jem Aswad, Variety, 20 Oct. 2023 Arguably, where people are — in the middle of cancel culture, locked in their own social media echo chambers — is not the most positive place, and making it into merch is a cynical move to exploit our factionalism and us-versus-them mentality. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 23 Aug. 2023 In this dark imagining, grandstanding politicians, greedy defense contractors, sensationalizing pundits, overzealous human rights activists, and belligerent bureaucrats fan the flames of rivalry for profit, creating an echo chamber that crowds out different perspectives. Michael Beckley, Foreign Affairs, 22 Aug. 2023 But those debates will mostly sound like echo chambers. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 21 Aug. 2023 Greenblatt points to a toxic stew of hard economic times, pandemic conditions and the social media echo chamber that offers a ready platform for hate speech. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 12 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of echo chamber was in 1842

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“Echo chamber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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