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Original post made by Look Familiar?, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Oct 20, 2009

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Regarding this condition arising in online communities, participants may find their own opinions constantly echoed back to them, and in doing so reinforce a certain sense of truth that resonates with individual belief systems. This can create some significant challenges to critical discourse within an online medium. The echo-chamber effect may also impact a lack of recognition to large demographic changes in language and culture on the Internet if individuals only create, experience and navigate those online spaces that reinforce their "preferred" world view.[5]

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Posted by 2ME4U
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 21, 2009 at 9:41 am

As in if your friends are racist it will seem normal. Segregation seemed normal and god given to those living in that world. If you lay down with dogs...

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a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 21, 2009 at 12:25 pm

So true. People sometimes forget that Thomas Jefferson owned and never freed his slaves. There is even evidence that he may have repeatedly molested his child slave Sally Hemmings, although it is not proven. We as a society, revere this person, though he openly participated in an evil act. Slavery seemed normal to him because it was constantly reinforced by his neighbors.

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