One of the points that came up during the 2016 presidential election – the outcome of which surprised an AWFUL lot of people – was that we were all counting too heavily on prediction that involved numbers collected online.
There are still a ton of vote-wielding people whose only foray into the interwebs is Facebook and emailing the grandkids. And if you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably heard what an echo chamber Facebook is.
An echo chamber is a metaphorical description of a situation in which information, ideas, or beliefs are amplified or reinforced by communication and repetition inside a defined system.
So, online opinions largely stay online, and offline opinions go, where? Among other places, the newspaper, of course!
Yep, newspapers. That’s still a thing.
So here’s an idea. Write to your local newspaper. Send in letters. Let people know your opinion. Funny enough, a letter to the editor is often as simple as finding the submission page. (Example: Dallas Morning News.)
While we’re calling our congressmen, and blogging our hearts out, and talking up the latest legislation we heard about from GovTrack.us on Tumblr, let’s loop in some of the old schoolers, too. Write to your newspaper today.