Why it’s as hard to escape an echo chamber as it is to flee a cult | Aeon Essays
aeon.co
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echo chambers and epistemic bubbles... systematically exclude sources of information... exaggerate their members’ confidence in their beliefs... work in entirely different ways... epistemic bubble is when you don’t hear people from the other side. An echo chamber is what happens when you don’t trust people from the other side...‘epistemic bubble’ …

There Really Was A Liberal Media Bubble
fivethirtyeight.com
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Groupthink produced a failure of the “wisdom of crowds” and an underestimate of Trump’s chances... political experts aren’t a very diverse group and tend to place a lot of faith in the opinions of other experts and other members of the political establishment. Once a consensus view is established, it tends to reinforce itself ... Social media, esp…

Brexit, as experienced by a British-Australian comms guy in Brussels.
mathew.blogactiv.eu
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I used to be sure of many things. Now I’m questioning a lot. But not everything.

What “The Filter Bubble” means for the Brussels Bubble
mathew.blogactiv.eu
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Eurosceptics will see only content negative about the EU, and those within the Brussels Bubble crowd won’t see anything to disturb their worldview, either. You can argue, of course, that this is already the case… the Filter Bubble is going to make communicating about the EU even harder.

Happy Birthday, Blogactiv!
mathew.blogactiv.eu
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Blogactiv had its first birthday today... October 15, 2007... what really sticks in my memory was the eurosceptics. It led to an interesting experiment in handling certain types of online debate... The Pyjama People... immediate assumption was that Blogactiv was an EU-funded front company... CIA-style ... spewing EU falsehoods into the blogosphere…

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