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Is the Daily Paul an internet echo chamber?

The echo chamber effect refers to any situation in which information, ideas or beliefs are amplified or reinforced by transmission inside an "enclosed" space.

How it works

Observers of journalism in the mass media describe an echo chamber effect in media discourse.[1][2] One purveyor of information will make a claim, which many like-minded people then repeat, overhear, and repeat again (often in an exaggerated or otherwise distorted form)[3] until most people assume that some extreme variation of the story is true.[4] A media conglomerate that owns multiple media outlets can produce the same story among "different" outlets, creating an illusion that a media consumer is getting information from different sources.

Spreading false information

Similarly, the term also refers to the media effect whereby an incorrect story (often a "smear" that first appears in a new-media domain) is reported through a biased channel, creating a media controversy that is subsequently reported in more reputable mainstream media outlets. These mainstream reports often use intermediary sources or commentary for reference and emphasize the controversy surrounding the original story rather than its factual merits. The overall effect often is to legitimize false claims in the public eye through sheer volume of reporting and media references, even if the majority of these reports acknowledges the factual inaccuracy of the original story.

How it impacts online communities
Participants in online communities may find their own opinions constantly echoed back to them, which reinforces their individual belief systems. This can create significant barriers to critical discourse within an online medium. The echo chamber effect may also impact a lack of recognition to large demographic changes in language and culture on the Internet if individuals only create, experience and navigate those online spaces that reinforce their world view.[5] Another emerging term used to describe this echoing and homogenizing effect on the Internet within social communities is cultural tribalism.[6] The Internet may also be seen as a complex system (e.g., emergent, dynamic, evolutionary), and as such, will at times eliminate the effects of positive feedback loops (i.e., the echo chamber effect) to that system, where a lack of perturbation to dimensions of the network, prohibits a sense of equilibrium to the system. Complex systems that are characterized by negative feedback loops will create more stability and balance during emergent and dynamic behavior.


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probably . . .

you've got good points--

sometimes people need to feel not alone, though--

Yes, I'm guilty--

you know . . . the DP is sort of an internet home for me (can't say for anyone else), where liberty-centered ideas can be thrown around--where a person can question things--

in my 'real' life things are pretty rough/tough/gritty . . .

so sometimes maybe an echo chamber is comparably a good thing--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Not into honest self-evaluation?

What's going on?

"Know what you know, know what you don't know, and understand and appreciate the distinction."


What do you think?


"Know what you know, know what you don't know, and understand and appreciate the distinction."


It has happened here.

But I don't think that the Daily Paul itself is an echo chamber. The benefit of having a group that already agrees on a set of basic principles, is that the discussion can then move beyond arguing about that set of prinicples.