Iso Booths and Echo Chambers: Confirmation Bias in Download Debates | Future of Music Coalition

People are always choosing sides. And a lot of folks seem to cling to positions with something akin to a death grip. Music-industry issues are certainly no exception. Whether the debate is about streaming royalty rates, copyright enforcement, crowdfunding, or if Paul is dead (okay, maybe not that last one), people tend to take their positions and refuse to budge.

The human tendency to focus on information that confirms to one’s own pre-existing beliefs, opinions, or theories is called “confirmation bias,” and it’s a very real thing. There’s probably a broader point to make here about politics. But even in the music business, this type of tunnel vision can limit productive discussions and informed solutions.

via Iso Booths and Echo Chambers: Confirmation Bias in Download Debates | Future of Music Coalition.

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