Deconstructing Echo Chambers

Apparently I missed the supposedly rampant “echo chamber” meme that was going around at the height of the Dean campaign — the notion that bloggers only pal around with people who feel and see the same way they do, thus reinforcing — rather than challenging — their own world views. David Weinberger does a brilliant job tearing down the myth of the echo chamber as either A) real or B) as necessarily a bad thing. What some people call the echo chamber, Weinberger calls bedrock: the “planks of conversation.”

Besides, we humans — echo chamber participants or echo chamber castigators — rarely engage in deep, meaningful and truly open conversation with people who fundamentally disagree with us. I have never debated a neo-Nazi, and if I did, I wouldn’t do so with an open mind: No way is that son of a bitch going to convince me that he’s right. No apologies. Being grounded in some beliefs is a condition for having any beliefs. And that has nothing to do with echo chambers.

Thanks Pam.

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One Reply to “Deconstructing Echo Chambers”

  1. The ‘echo chamber’ myth is bunk. I look at the blogs I read daily: Yours, another good friend of mine with whom I used to work, and some others. I agree with maybe 30% of the blogs I read.

    You know your ideology is way different to mine. I still read it :)

    Silly theory.

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