Monday, December 31, 2018

How to grow your echo chamber

For people that don't ever want their ideas challenged. And people that want every opinion and thought confirmed to be correct. People that don't feel they need to examine anything about their lives and the way they think. If this describes you, then an echo chamber is for you.

There is a foolproof method to achieve this level of happiness and insolation from the pesky misguided ideas of others. And social media will help you. I know social media is not good for much, but it is good for this.

The first step, of course, is to get an account on your social media of choice. They are all pretty much the same in this regard, so it doesn't matter which one you choose,

The second step is to add a bunch of connections or friends or whatever your social network calls them. This should be pretty easy to do. Some networks will recommend connections to you, others will let you upload a list of email addresses to invite them. The actual mechanics of this is less important than building this group.

Now that you have a social network, it is time to start building your echo chamber. This third step takes a little work. Very very little. And it is so simple.

Each time one of the people in your social network says anything that you don't like or agree with, you have to respond. No, I don't mean to engage them in conversation or challenge their statements. I mean to remove them from your network. All of these platforms have a way to remove people from your network or block users from what content is visible to you.

The final phase of this is to add new connections when the people in your social network link to or recommend other connections. If the person is still in your network, they probably agree with you on most if not all of your views. So it is likely to be the case that connections they have will also agree with you.

And there you are, just repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have no exposure to ideas and views that are not just like your own. More and more people will be connected to you in your echo chamber of thoughts. This will give you a sense that you are always right. And if that doesn't make you happy in the long run, it will at least make you feel comfortable with your opinions and give you the sense that there are only a few, if any, people that don't think exactly the same way as you do.