Tech Leader Pro podcast 2023 week 34, online confirmation bias
Friday 25th August 2023
For some people, nothing is real until it's posted on social media for affirmation.
The affirmation comes from online echo chambers, that grow organically when like-minded people find each other online with similar bias.
The confirm each other's bias, giving the impression that they represent a majority view.
Sometimes they do represent a majority view, but that does no mean they are right: evidence is undervalued, truth is collective opinion.
For many people, this is their truth: online peer recognition is everything.
An opinion confirmed by online peers becomes a "fact". This is our world now.
Those we disagree with the established orthodoxy are expelled from the group, and attacked for being heretics.
In extreme instances, it really is a religious fever.
Online they collectively create our own preferred versions of reality, AKA a mass delusion, reinforced by algorithms and group think.
Online tribes are great, but dissenting voices should be welcomed and listened to.
Dissent and robust but civil arguments are the solution.
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