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Think & Drink @ Gilbert

November 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Think & Drink: Red Feed, Blue Feed – What Our Echo Chambers Are Doing to Democracy

Think & Drink events are hosted conversations at pubs and tasting rooms on provocative topics and new ideas.

The majority of Americans now get their news from social media like Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat, and fully half of Facebook users get their news solely from that platform, according to the Pew Research Center. That means 100 million Americans are dependent on a secretive algorithmone designed to show us mainly content we liketo tell us whats important. The result may be a new reality-by-algorithm, a self-reinforcing system that allows us to perceive world events mainly through the lens that makes us comfortable.

If democracies depend on exposure to differing ideas, and on citizens starting from more-or-less the same set of facts, what happens when the media landscape is splintered across tens of millions of different news feeds and thousands of websites? Yet at the same time, the digital age has also given exposure to previously unheard voices and for new avenues for journalism. Besides, haven’t we always been biased in what we choose to read and what information we pay attention to? The digital age is great at showing us what we want, but is what we want the same as what we need?

Join us for a conversation about bias, bubbles, and journalism in the era of online media with experts: Steven Stehr (WSU, Director of the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs) and Porismita Borah (WSU, Murrow College of Communication).

This event is part of our fall statewide series, “Moment of Truth: Journalism and Democracy in an Age of Misinformation.” 

Founded in 1973, Humanities Washington is the state’s flagship profit for public humanities programming and an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.


November 29, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Gilbert Cellars
5 N. Front Street
Yakima, WA 98901 United States
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