echo chamber

noun

Definition of echo chamber

: a room with sound-reflecting walls used for producing hollow or echoing sound effects often used figurativelyLiving 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 Staying in your echo chamber A startup’s goal should be to create a new advancement that will help people all over the world, not just those in the company’s inner circle. Paul Grand, STAT, "10 reasons why health care startups fail," 10 Feb. 2020 For too long, the real story of cannabis was drowned out in those echo chambers. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "Dr. Sanjay Gupta on medical marijuana: We are in an age of wisdom, but also an age of foolishness," 27 Sep. 2019 What's unclear is whether the changes could perpetuate an echo chamber effect, assuming users are more likely to interact with posts that reinforce their beliefs. Alyssa Newcomb, NBC News, "Facebook says big changes are coming to your news feed," 11 Jan. 2018 But by the internal metrics of the Starr team echo chamber, competence meant the feverish pursuit of ever more implausible scenarios. John Fabian Witt, The New Republic, "How the Republican Party Took Over the Supreme Court," 7 Apr. 2020 Some of that trust has been corroded over years of Obama adulation, echo chambers, conspiracy mongering, and knee-jerk partisanship. David Harsanyi, National Review, "The Political Media Are Failing America," 26 Mar. 2020 The social media that enable the rebels to organize and assemble promptly and efficiently also function as a closed echo chamber that often seems to trap them in a self-righteousness that does not tolerate nuances or dissident views. Ariel Dorfman, The New York Review of Books, "Chile: Notes from a Revolt," 13 Mar. 2020 Many conferences end up being self-congratulatory echo chambers rather than forums for new knowledge. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "Amid Coronavirus Fears, Startups Rethink the Virtual Conference," 9 Mar. 2020 After some early turbulence, Fox quickly got in line and has become something like state TV, an echo chamber for the president’s point of view. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Bernie Sanders Has an MSNBC Problem," 12 Feb. 2020

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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 25 May. 2020.

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