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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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 Algorithms could also be used to identify and disrupt social-media echo chambers, where people increasingly communicate with and witness the behavior of people who align with their own social and political views. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why Facebook banned Alex Jones — and Twitter didn’t," 11 Aug. 2018 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

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1842, in the meaning defined above

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