Where do most Americans get their news? Identifying the news platforms people use (e.g., TV or print) is helpful, but it’s not the only important thing to know. Another critical question is how many different sources do people use within these platforms? This is important because people tend to rely on a few sources that often echo opinions they already hold: for example, people watch just one news channel, listen to just one radio station, or read just one newspaper because the information provided agrees with what they think. This is why people end up in an information echo chamber where what they see is heavily slanted toward what they already agree with. It’s up to users to break out of these echo chambers to learn about other points of view.
In this activity, students work in teams to examine their personal information echo chambers and create a plan to bring more balance to this aspect of their lives.
In this activity, you will work with one or two other students to examine your personal information echo chamber and create a plan to bring more balance to this aspect of your life .
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Here are some online resources you might find useful in your work.
Where do Americans get their news?
- News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2018
- Americans Still Prefer Watching to Reading the News – and Mostly Still Through Television
- News and America’s Kids: How Young People Perceive and Are Impacted by the News
- Social media outpaces print newspapers in the U.S. as a news source
- Most Reliable and Credible Sources for Students
Limited access to news
- Confirmation Bias and Your Brain (video)
- Bob’s Mini-Lectures: Confirmation Bias (video)
- Bob’s Mini-Lectures: Attribution Error (video)
- Definition of information echo chamber
- The Reason Your Feed Became An Echo Chamber — And What To Do About It
- How to Fight a News Silo
- Internet Silos
Vetting news sources
- Media Bias Chart 4.0
- Media Bias Fact Check
- Newspaper Transparency Tracker
- Evaluating News Sources
- Most Credible and Reliable Sources for Students
- Best News Sources for Kids
- Eight Examples of False Equivalence