echo chamber ness
we’re believing these spaces of permission with nothing to prove – and especially spaces/apps for self-talk – need to be like an echo chamber – a means to block out external noise/mindsets. (so maybe ongoingly echo and/or anechoic)
the quest was – how to not compromise what matters to a person, what a person, on any day, is curious about. (thinking the biggest problem/solution for the world is that most people are not themselves.. and if we could get people authentically talking to themselves, every day, trust them, trust their gut, that most problems would either be solved, or never be created in the first place.)
so through iterations/prototyping, ..
(ie: google doc as journal, blogs as journal, youtube detox (talking into laptop), youtube detox in a closet, google doc as spreadsheet, anonymous writing on chalkboard outside coffee house, …),
..we came to believe that if we want a sustainability, ..
(ie: to a person – they are waking up everyday dying to do the thing they can’t not do, as if money/reward/grade/accolade/diploma/label/credential/like/non-raised-eyebrow/applause/assumed-productivity/praise/et al didn’t exist, and that they would do it regardless, in fact, they couldn’t not do it regardless),
..we would have to get to the very heart/gut of each person, individually.
(thus the need for an echo chamber where others aren’t influencing your original sound), and every day (even within that echo chamber – finding the bravery/freedom to change your mind – like the need of an echo chamber where your past self, or visions of your future self aren’t influencing your original/true-north sound)
so for this self-talk – it seems vital that agendas are kept at bay.
(ie: potential compromises could be as subtle as calling the self-talk a generation of ideas – curiosity seems to be more freeing of a person’s authentic whimsy; setting up a system where others can like your curiosity/thinking; or even asking – what do you want to learn/teach, like so many sites/platforms/self-directed learning efforts encourage. while these are way better than what we have now with a compulsory/coercive curriculum.. it still suggests a formality – and often a raised eyebrow – often out of fear/lack-of-trust that a person will miss out on learning some assumed basics.. and so we won’t be able to check of the boxes for their credentialing, and then they won’t be able to get in places, et al.
The basic purpose of such chambers is to add colour and depth to the original sound, and to simulate the rich natural reverberation that is a feature of large concert halls.
The development of artificial echo / reverberation chambers was important for sound recording because of the limitations of early recording systems. Except in the case of live performances, the majority of commercial popular recordings were made in specially constructed studios. These rooms were both heavily insulated to exclude external noises and internally somewhat anechoic — that is, they were designed not to produce any internal echoes or reverberation of sound at all
such a fine line.. and to many may seem like – what’s with all the fuss. but of all of our findings.. this is perhaps one of the biggest, and perhaps soon to be, one of the most helpful.
key to its understanding is – that there is never nothing going on – and so – what is our potential to listen to that assumed nothing. in each person. what is each person’s potential to listening to that assumed nothing in themselves. perhaps it’s that ability to listen to self (rather than the ability to get a high test score or earn a lot of money) is what will bring us all to betterness..
this fake, man made construct of an echo chamber – in an app or whatever – (tech is good in this case because it doesn’t judge) – that encourages/allows/models each person to talk/listen to self at least 3 minutes a day, will most likely be temporary (until we get back to a natural state where we believe that it is legal to think for ourselves). not even needed for some (perhaps 10% of people). but for most (perhaps 90% of people), who are currently in such a pickle/state – because of a fake, man made construct of coercion/obedience/zombie-ness - that got us all following along without wondering why, leading to unwanted stress (seen increase suicide rates, health issues, crime rates, addictions, et al)
another piece/benefit to authentic self-talk will be in using it as data to help people daily:
1. find their tribe(s)
fitting post on addiction to validation by Josh Constine:
it’s like the capsule (definitely more iwan baan style than tokyo style – it could be offered up as tokyo style to get us going) ness as echo chamber – so that people are free to dance – in and out of the attachment/world/community.. maintaining authenticity and attachment both.
how to better to listen to your own gut.. to our collective gut.. not invisible bandwagons…-Astra
Glenn Greenwald has a great take on echo-chamberness at 4:30 in this documentary:
and here at 2:25 (conversation):
obsessed with endless personal promotion
rather than being vulnerably alive..
how to have ongoing conversation with yourself and others.. that aren’t attachment/attention seeking (so need to be already attached – invited to exist) .. that are free of distraction from the conversation/being itself.
on need for echo chamber ness while reading black swan & twitter & fb, oct 1 2014:
It is hard for us to accept that people do not fall in love with works of art only for their own sake, but also in order to feel that they belong to a community. By imitating, we get closer to others—that is, other imitators. It fights solitude. – Taleb
perhaps why ie: th experiment and this mit & twitter – and even maker ness – won’t get us there – until we free people up to be themselves. twitter data is irrelevant – if it’s not really us. no? how to make it not an imitation. every day.
oct 1, 2014 – Jerome Bruner – 99 yrs old
Today, we hang so much of our identity on our capacity to create, often confusing what we do for who we are. And while creativity, by and large, is a positive force in the external world, its blind pursuit can be damaging to the inner.
need for echo chamber ness
In an interview with Walter Isaacson for his biography, Jobs said:If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes things worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things — that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline; you have to practice it.