Definition of echo chamber in English:

echo chamber


  • 1An enclosed space where sound reverberates.

    ‘purpose-built echo chambers allow the addition of natural-sounding reverberation to the recordings’
    • ‘But, as usual, the message discipline and sheer volume of the conservative echo chamber allowed it to frame the pseudo-debate.’
    • ‘Well, I mean it's sort of part and parcel of the echo chamber of Washington, the armchair commanders, many of whom never served in the military, and now they're getting tough.’
    • ‘I guess that could be attributed to them demonstrating an actual desire to debate an issue with respect for facts rather than simply retreating into the simplicity of an echo chamber.’
    • ‘I had an echo chamber in one, and a regular mic to another.’
    • ‘You know, editing is supposed to occur in a deliberative atmosphere, not in an echo chamber.’
    • ‘They live in an intellectual echo chamber of insular think tanks, political operatives and partisan media.’
    • ‘I'm inclined to believe the more the media beat up an issue, or an outcome, just prior to an election, the louder the noise in their own echo chamber and the better off you'll be heading in the opposite direction.’
    • ‘The grim statistics, even when reported and attributed to such sources as U.N. agencies, haven't made much noise in the media echo chamber.’
    • ‘The inside of a campaign is an echo chamber.’
    • ‘These bloggers get trapped within an echo chamber, reading post after post that says the same things they think in the same way they would have said it themselves.’
    • ‘A good journalist - who is different from an opinion columnist - ought to be able to check his or her ego firmly at the door, and be open to the world he or she is reporting on, not constantly booming in an echo chamber of opinion.’
    • ‘Those stories may have been short on proof but they reverberated across the media echo chamber.’
    • ‘For me the blog is just an echo chamber, where I can listen to myself interpret things, chart a clear path for my thought pattern and see, just for myself, where I trip and fall.’
    • ‘In both cases, the misinformation or lies continue to cycle through the echo chamber, apparently with no penalty for their falsehood or attempt to correct.’
    • ‘The problem is, Kerry gave his speech in an echo chamber.’
    • ‘The soundtrack is a big part of the problem, resonating like a gong in an echo chamber one minute and soaring to treacly heights the next.’
    • ‘There are about 200, they all have blogs, and they spend all day in the libertarian echo chamber fooling themselves into thinking that their views matter.’
    • ‘The ceaseless repetition of these dire warnings under something like the big lie principle, coupled with the echo chamber provided by the mass media, gradually wears away at popular skepticism.’
    • ‘You'd almost think that the mainstream media have become an echo chamber for a megaphone with right-wing crazies shouting into it, wouldn't you?’
    • ‘It is possible that these experts' views, unbeknown to them, were ultimately derived from the same, tainted sources: in effect, they were an echo chamber.’
  • 2An environment in which a person encounters only beliefs or opinions that coincide with their own, so that their existing views are reinforced and alternative ideas are not considered.

    ‘people are living in partisan and ideological echo chambers’
    ‘within the echo chamber of social media, it only takes a few abusive messages to start a firestorm’