ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How Do You Know When You Are in a Bubble?

Updated on February 20, 2020
jackclee lm profile image

Jack is a volunteer at the CCNY Archives. Before retiring, he worked at IBM for over 28 years. As of 2/2020, Jack has over 100,000 views.

Introduction

In this article, I am trying to help people identify their bias. Most people think they are fair. They see bias in others, especially the people who they disagree with politically, but they fail to recognize their own bias. There are some groups which are text book cases of this. The media, or the Main Stream Media to be precise, are living in their own bubble.They have a large microphone and reach a large segment of the population. Their bias is reflected in their audiences.

- Feb. 2020

Background

The media giants like the New York Times and Washington Post, along with the broadcast news of CBS, NBC and ABC, and Cable news channels of CNN and MSNBC are all part of this main stream media. They capture a majority of the public attention. Yet, they are one of the least diverse groups of people. These people who work in these organizations, besides the major players, anchors and writers, includes all the staff and support personnel. are all of like minds.

They work for the most part in NYC, and Washington DC. They live among the same people they cover. They socialize with the same groups of people. Their children attend the same schools. In a nutshell, they live inside a bubble. A bubble of like minds.

They have no clue about the rest of the country, which includes 90% of the land mass, and 60% of Americans. The fly-over states is another term used to describe them. They include farmers, factory workers, and blue collar workers.

So, when Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire running for President on the Democratic ticket, makes fun of farming and what it takes to be a successful farmer, that is a tell sign.

Clues...

  • your news media
  • your friends
  • your co-workers
  • the books you read
  • the school you attend
  • the company you work for

These are all potential signs of your bias or rather the bubble of your existence.

One way to get out of this bubble is to travel outside your area. Talk to some people you meet.

The conventional wisdom is to not discuss politics and religion among your family and friends. However, the exception is when you are meeting someone off the street or come across in your travels. This is how you can get a gage on the rest of America. When I go on vacation, I try to engage the people I meet on the trip. The tour guide, the bus driver, the restaurant workers and other tourists. This is how you learn about people outside your bubble. What are their opinions and what issues matter to them.

No Excuses...

The public may have an excuse. They are too busy, they rely on the news media to provide information. They are too busy living their lives, working for a living, supporting their family and enjoying their ball games...

The person who does not have an excuse is your local politicians. It is their job to know their constituents. He should know what his people care about and thinks. That is our system of a democratic republic. We elect people to represent us so that they can go to DC and work to pass legislation that affects us. If anyone who should know, it is these group of people.

Yet, our politicians have been corrupted. They are focused on donors and lobbyists. Their vote can be bought. They have lost touch of who they work for.

The other group is the media. They are also not doing their job. They are the watchdog. They allow their own bias to influence the news they cover. They should be exposing wrong doings at our government and report on them fairly. Their job is not to spin the news to protect one party while attacking the other.

Summary

The bubble is a metaphor. In the movie, a boy in the bubble, is protecting himself from germ contamination. In the bubble I am speaking of, it is a bubble to shelter someone's believe system. When you only interact with people that have the same ideas, you are stale. Once you identify the bubble, the next step is to get out of it. It could be a most liberating experience.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Jack Lee

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Interesting and valid I think.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)