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February 4, 2019 Faculty Presentation: The Social Media Echo Chamber

Are you trapped in an echo chamber?

If you are an adult living in the United States, you probably are, according to Paul Miller, Instructor of Media Studies and Communication Program Coordinator at Central Penn College.

“As a citizen, you are being told what you want to hear repeatedly on social media,” says Miller.  “The problem is most people don’t realize they’re being spoon-fed information based on what they like or don’t like on Facebook, Twitter and other platforms.”

Miller will speak on this phenomenon at the next Faculty Research Colloquium on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 12:30–1:30 p.m. in the Capital BlueCross Theatre. His presentation is titled, “The Social Media Echo Chamber.” The event is free and open to the public.

“Our choices of what we see, what we read, are being made for us by algorithms,” says Miller. “Politically, most people are only seeing one side of the picture, and that’s a big reason why the electorate is so polarized.”

During the presentation, Miller will examine this issue through the prism of the 2016 presidential campaign, an election where social media played not only a prominent role but also perhaps a determining one in the outcome.

“Democracy depends on having a well-informed electorate, but the present media environment often seems to be working actively against that foundational belief,” says Miller.

As part of his presentation, he will offer solutions on what the general public can do to become better media consumers and, more importantly, better citizens.

Faculty Research Colloquiums occur periodically throughout the year.

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