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One Moment, Please... Echo chambers


Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

In last week’s issue of the Fillmore County Journal, there was a Letter to the Editor crafted by Aaron Bishop of Harmony and he concluded his piece with the statement “Avoid echo chambers. Cheers.”

I’ve been meaning to write a commentary about echo chambers, a newer phrase (to me) I first heard on Minnesota Public Radio about two months ago.

During a talk show on MPR, one caller explained how echo chambers have evolved as a result of societal and technological changes.

The more we participate in all that the Internet has to offer, and particularly social media such as Facebook, the more we become profiled by our “likes” and even our friends. Facebook’s format feeds into the evolution of echo chambers.

The more we join groups and like pages, the more our news feeds become full of only like-minded content that is generally suitable to our ideals. And this particular upcoming election has encouraged so much rage and discontent expressed on social media, that I think it has actually become unhealthy.

People will “unfriend” those who offend them based on their differing beliefs. Even friend selection is impacted by what has been coined as echo chambers.

People will like and share links to stories that appear to be completely false based on the discredited source, because they are aligned with what they want to believe is true. My favorite (sarcasm) misleading content on Facebook are the posts that say something like “Wait until you see what happened” in reference to some sort of surprise. Yes, Facebook has become tarnished with “click bait.”

Aside from becoming a website bloated with sponsored content, Facebook has also helped people establish an echo chamber of self-imposed radicalization. Facebook enables people to become more narrow-minded in their thinking. Sadly, the more we engage with content on Facebook, the more this self-censored website skews our perceptions.

Eventually, we end up with a news feed that resembles our beliefs, which is just the way we like it, right?

As Aaron Bishop concluded in his Letter to the Editor, avoid echo chambers. Cheers.

One Moment, Please... The Wave

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

Have you ever done the wave? I’m not talking about the one in which you stand up and sit down in synchronicity with those in close proximity at a sporting event. I’m talking about the wave performed while in the driver’s seat of your most c ..... 
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Personal praise for Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Betty Dowe I have to sing the praises of the Veterans Cemetery in Preston! I have never been to a military funeral, but have seen them on T.V. The ceremony my family and I attended for my husband’s internment was beautiful and brought chills a ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Finding the truth

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

Is it fair to say that the Internet is now the judge, the jury, and the executioner? Recently, a 2000 Fillmore Central High School graduate, Kiel Rushton, was erroneously acknowledged as the officer involved in the shooting of Philando Castile on ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Cleaning our ditches

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com On Friday, June 17, four of us committed our time and energy toward cleaning a small patch of Mother Nature. Over the course of a two-mile stretch of Highway 52 ..... 
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Trehus distorting facts for political purposes

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

By State Representative Greg Davids I find it highly ironic that Thomas Trehus accuses me of “passing the blame” on the political shenanigans being played by the Twin Cities Democratic leadership he supports, then proceeds to blame me for nea ..... 
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One Moment, Please... Here come the parades

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Jason Sethre; Publisher Fillmore County Journal jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com I recently had an interesting conversation with someone who questioned why the Fillmore County Journal participates in parades. “How much money do you make wh ..... 
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That’s my boy -- Kaase for Sheriff

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Stan Kaase of Preston, Minn. Watching Tom grow up, I have always been very proud of my son like any father would be. However, I saw something in Tom at a young age that always struck me as unique. I admired his passion to help others. He was ..... 
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Vote Tom Kaase to protect our county

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Commentary

By Angi Kaase of Preston, Minn. Tom Kaase has my vote to be the next Fillmore County Sheriff. Not only is Tom my brother-in-law, he also displays all of the characteristics I would want in someone to protect my family, my friends, the community I ..... 
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