After a day of reflecting upon this topic, I found that in my previous post, I entirely missed and failed to cover the important issue of echo chamber and filter bubble, why they’re fatal, and how to minimise them.
Below are the posts that have broadened my understanding about this topic.
In her post, Gladys showed a comprehensive list of different types of misinformation that exist on the Web, which I find helpful especially for online users who often come across fake news without even realising it. She further recommended a practical and straightforward method of eliminating effects of echo chamber specifically for Facebook users, through managing the sources displayed on their timeline.
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Another post which I think concisely present ways to escape the echo chamber is the one made by Rebecca. Through her infographic, I gained awareness of the omnipresence of algorithm, which uses our personalised information to manipulate the content we see on the Web.
I’ve therefore concluded 5 steps to ensure we’re unaffected by algorithms (to a certain degree) :
Nevertheless, I find that echo chamber is more than just the problem of algorithm, although it does significantly limit our source of information. Echo chamber is dangerous in how it can create harmful division and leave people more susceptible to misinformation.
Hence its fundamental issue lies in our own attitude to a differing idea, which is also covered in Rebecca’s infographic which suggests purposely connecting with those who hold different views from us.
This brings me to the conclusion that overcoming echo chambers is about being deliberately critical and aware of the existence of filter bubble itself. It’s about trying to reach out to the opposite side of our view. We should willingly attempt to seek out opinions that contradict ours and look beyond the first result we find.
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Ensor, S. 2017. How to Escape Google’s Filter Bubble. https://searchenginewatch.com/2017/08/18/how-to-escape-googles-filter-bubble/ (Accessed on 17 November 2017)