These forums are great! Everything the bikeportland comments are on the best of days - and we get to choose our own topics, talk about how we learn, interact, make sense of it all. Thanks for indulging me. And don’t worry, I’ll stop hogging the mic soon.
Back to the question. It is common for folks to use the term echo chamber as the standard shorthand for what we don’t want bikeportland to be (or perhaps rescue bikeportland from being). On a superficial level of course I get that - who wants to live, spend time in, an echo chamber? But the funny thing is Bikeportland has never struck me as anything like an echo chamber (presumably a place where everyone agrees, holds the same views). We talk about so much, disagree about almost everything, and have fun, most of the time.
Why do people keep using that phrase? What are examples of this? Why am I apparently so unaware of this problem?
I also want to ask about the relationship between this echo chamber notion and disagreement. I get the sense they are somehow related. To me disagreement is healthy, interesting, essential, makes for good conversation, learning. But it can also be mean and unproductive. We have some of both on bikeportland but I am unclear how or if these concepts (echo chamber & disagreeing) are linked in people’s minds.