The echo chamber happens when we tune in only to the cable news channels or blogs that reinforce our political points of views; when we use Twitter to hear ourselves speak but not to listen; when we only absorb topics within our comfort zone of daily water cooler chatter. It's human nature to hunker down during a storm, and the interweb is a virtual tsunami of information.
Today, Christopher Taylor and I riffed a solution: An app that monitors our daily intake of media, web searches, entertainment, appointments, tweets, social network interaction, etc. (which largely exist on our computer or smartphone) and provides a daily infographic illustrating whether or not we made it out of the chamber.
|(My DV% to avoid the Echo Chamber.)|
Maybe the app could ping us at regular intervals during the day to let us know if we need to increase our intake of the new and unfamiliar.
Chris added that we could make this into a game. Everyone loves badges, after all. But unlike Foursquare, where you become a mayor by visiting the same place over and over (geo-echochamberism), we'd give out badges for visiting a place for the first time.
By the way, I just met Mr Taylor today for about 30 minutes, so I think I hit my DV% of New Opinions.
Now where's my badge?