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515: The Echo Chamber Wall Just Got 20 Feet Higher (With Nathan Fraser and Drew Sample)
Nathan Fraser and Drew Sample join me to revisit a past topic – how the internet is connecting and dividing us – since new problems and opportunities are presenting themselves on a very regular basis. We focus a large portion of our discussion of the echo chamber effect that exacerbates division in society. How susceptible are we? And what can we do to avoid this problem? But first…both Drew and Nathan are making long trips to A Weekend With Thaddeus Russell in LA this November. We’ll discuss why they decided to go and what they hope to get out of the event. Drew’s Podcast: The Sample Hour Nathan’s Company: Podcast Blastoff The Nathan Fraser Show Discussion: – Is technology splitting humanity in two, making the divide between producers and consumers even wider than before – for too many people, social media platforms function as overprotective parents; ideas speech can be emotionally devastating if you haven’t ever engaged with them and been forced to intellectually defend against them – understanding 2016 left meltdown and Trump derangement syndrome – internet as tool for political mobilization, not for the exchange of ideas; the internet is amplifying what the left’s impulses have been for a century – don’t blame Facebook for the echo chambers – people are clearly and neatly divided into good and evil, and the echo chambers reinforce that everyday – Tie in to Thinking Fast and Slow, heuristics and biologically driven impulses for survival applied to the digital age Please Support “School Sucks Across America” Our Amazon Wish List Donate With Bitcoin Or Join the A/V Club Support Us On Patreon Shop With Us At Amazon Your continued support keeps the show going and growing, which keeps us at the top of the options for education podcasts and leads to new people discovering this message. This subscription also grants you access to the A/V Club, a bonus content section with 200+ hours of exclusive audio and video. If you are a regular consumer of our media, please consider making a monthly commitment by selecting the best option for you… A/V Club – Basic Access – $8.00/Month AP Club – “Advanced” Access – $12.00/Month Sigma Sigma Pi – Full Access – $16.00/Month