The Echo Chamber: Get Your "Daily Me" Reporting on Copenhagen
Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Nisbet studies the role of communication and advocacy in policymaking and public affairs, focusing on debates over over climate change, energy, and sustainability. Among awards and recognition, Nisbet has been a Visiting Shorenstein Fellow on Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, a Health Policy Investigator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a Google Science Communication Fellow. In 2011, the editors at the journal Nature recommended Nisbet's research as “essential reading for anyone with a passing interest in the climate change debate,” and the New Republic highlighted his work as a “fascinating dissection of the shortcomings of climate activism."
On Copenhagen, not surprisingly, ideologically driven media outlets are working overtime to brand themselves and appeal to their respective audiences. Not only do we have the expected conservative commentary and reporting from brands such as Fox News and National Review archived daily at hubs such as the Drudge Report but there is also an initiative called the Copenhagen News Collaborative that brands together in one place commentary and reporting from reliably liberal news organizations and blogs such as Mother Jones, Huffington Post, TreeHugger.com, and Grist.
Conservative and liberal echo chambers on Copenhagen are unavoidable and likely to be extremely profitable for the respective news organizations and bloggers. But the unfortunate consequence is that the "Daily Me" of like-minded views on climate change is only likely to amplify polarization.
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