|| Around The Web || Betsy Aimee and Facebook Echo Chambers
If you write something racist, anti-LGBTI, sexist or just run of the mill small minded and it turns up on my social media feeds, in all likelihood I will block you. I have always thought this was fair enough, but after reading this article from Betsy Aimee on Vox.com, this approach may be due for re-think.
Aimee talks about the ‘echo chamber effect’ and Facebook where basically in our virtual lives, we tend to surround ourselves with people who have political views which are similar to our own. She ran an experiment, where she spent two weeks opting out of all political discourse on Facebook (blocking anyone, including family who posted their politics online) and then spent a week engaging wholeheartedly in political posting, seeking out people who posted things she didn't agree with and engaging in discussions about that content.
You should read the article, it’s pretty interesting.