[PODCAST] #515: The Echo Chamber Wall Just Got 20 Feet Higher (With Nathan Fraser and Drew Sample)

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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 weekly 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 and 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

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