Two kids sitting next to each other, each on a landline phone having fruitful conversations with people they actually like instead of forcing it on each other.

The Problem Of The Social Media Echo Chamber

On October 31st, 2016 in Humor

Social media is a problem we can no longer ignore. As a member of the millennial generation (those of us born between the turn of the millennium and any time after you) I am on the front lines. My friends are nothing more than literate zombies.

They read vast swathes of information they come across on their social feeds but are unable to conceptualize any thoughts or opinions they have not already had. The other day I asked a friend if they liked sweet potato fries and they pointedly responded that “fries are not sweet,” and “anyone saying otherwise is probably a member of a shadow society attempting to build the fourth reich”. They are stuck slowly suffocating in an echo chamber constructed of likes and tweets and snaps.

Our social media habits are having a deep and profound effect on our society. It is hard to ignore as you walk down the street and encounter the now popular playground game where you pick a sentence and then whisper it in a friend’s ear and they repeat it down a line known as “retweet”.

It is just another in a long line of attacks on our culture and the natural social order. There was no gossip until we invented columns in print media. The Golden Age of Hollywood left us in a dark age which resulted in several decades without a single invention.  Thankfully, due to countless STEM initiatives we have begun to recover, though fax machines are still responsible for millions of wasted business hours every year.

We must learn from these missteps and look towards our past successes to find a solution. We successfully campaigned against texting in the nineties, confiscating cell phones and crushing them into cubes of metal to display in our town squares as a warning to anyone who might try and avoid Proper Social Interaction ever again. Now we must do the same with social media.

We must rip up the wires from the earth and burn our satellites in the atmosphere. It is the only way to ensure people get their news from a wide array of sources like the diverse group of people at their work or in their community. People with different sets of interests and ideals. Like television anchors, with their vague American accent, who approach stories with as many nuanced opinions as their are hues of light skin which their producer will deem acceptable for airtime.

If they will not willingly leave their echo chamber we will force them out of it and into their wide-ranging network of friends within walking distance. We as a society must continue to make these tough choices for each other. And we must never let anyone take personal responsibility for their own sub-par media consumption habits.