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Notes 3 Filter bubbles and echo chambers

The issues and problems facing modern journalism all surround the internet and the effect it has had on the way we consume news. Before the internet a newspaper would generally be released in the morning or potentially an evening print depending on the publication, however now a story can be broken almost immediately with the use of the internet and social media.


This means that when a big event occurs such as a terror attack every online publication is rushing to get their story published first so they can gain the most clicks and therefore more advertiser’s money. However, this rushing can sometimes mean factchecking has not taken place and rumours are published. For example, during the London bridge attacks an unrelated stabbing in Vauxhall created panic on social media and several news cooperation’s ran with the line that it was related.


The other issue caused by the internet is the current trend of fake news, fake news exists to make money for the people behind it, links to realistic but fake news sites with shocking headlines draw people in once they click the link the websites creator has gained a small amount of money from advertising. This is essentially a continuation of the “you won’t believe what happened next” links that dominated social media a few years ago.





Filter Bubbles and Echo chambers


Filter bubbles and echo chambers both play a massive role in negatively shaping our views and opinions in certain ways.


Filter bubbles are created when search engines bring up certain results based on our previous searches so if you mostly look at left wing news sites they will be brought up first and vise versa for right wing sites, and the top results are what you’ll most likely look at to gain information on a topic and the way this information is presented will define our views on subject.


When we only follow people with whom we share opinions with on social media there is no diversity in the opinions we gain from social media and this creates bias in the way we think and ultimately in the way we view the world.