May 11 2013

Escape the Echo Chamber

It was the first day of BlogCon2013 and a basic overview of what to look forward to was introduced to all of us fellow Conservative bloggers. The opening panel I arrived on was discussing how to handle tragedy when it comes to our own individual blogs. The example that should quickly come to mind is Boston Bombings and how that was (or could have been) handled in the immediate time and afterwards.

So what exactly is ‘the echo chamber’? The wiki definition says the echo chamber effect is a situation in which information, ideas, or beliefs are amplified or reinforced by transmission inside an “enclosed” space.

I can understand how easily that can happen. If all you watch and read comes from what you believe or what you can stand to watch then you aren’t going to be able to effectively convey your message. As an example, I don’t listen to Consevative media (ie. Fox News or The Blaze). Instead, I prefer to listen to Liberal media (ie. MSNBC) when looking for my topics of choice and channeling my anger.

Want to leave the house on time for work? Watch Morning Joe and I guarantee you’ll want to put as much distance between yourself and your television set. But does just listening to the Left or just listening to the Right really help our message? No!

The time has come for Conservative bloggers (myself included) to actively engage in enemy territory and adapt their model to suit our own, otherwise we’ll stay preaching to the choir and fade away. The quickest way to become irrelevant is to say the same thing to the same people for the rest of your life. Let’s not become irrelevant.

In closing this opening day served as an excellent support group for branching out of our comfort zones and how.

To see footage of my good friend Deneen Borelli’s speech & panel of speakers on outreach, go here.