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Smashing the Walls of the Echo Chamber

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We all have a strong set of core values; we wouldn’t have come as far as we have if that weren’t the case. We do our best to sleuth out the most important facts and figures, and we craft for ourselves a narrative of the truth that aligns not only with what we value, but with what we hope others will value in themselves.

This helps explain why we’re all so good at attracting like-minded individuals to ourselves and our causes - when you’re passionate about something, it shines through, luring others with the same passion to the same luminous sources. And yet, this also poses an incredible problem for all of us. In the immortal words of Frank Zappa, “One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people’s minds.”

He’s right, of course. You cannot change someone’s mind who vehemently disagrees with you. But what you can strive to do is to go all the way back to the beginning of the process and remember how they arrived at their position in the first place: based on their values and the information that they deemed was important and reliable. The people with core values that oppose our own are not the people whose hearts and minds we even want to win over, but what about the people with similar values who just chose to emphasize a different selection of facts as their starting point?

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Cover the Political Spectrum With Trapit

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It seems like practically every day there’s a new, politically polarizing issue to whip people on all sides of the spectrum up into a frenzy. There are long-standing issues, like abortionclimate change and gun control, and there are always new issues cropping up, too, like the sequesterObamacare, or Edward Snowden.

It’s easy to go to your favorite news source to get a perspective on each of these issues, and you no doubt have your own opinions and predilections; I know I do. Most of your friends, colleagues and associates, in fact, likely share the same stories and reports as one another with you. l But have you ever tried using Trapit to discover a hotly-charged political topic?

With over 100,000 sources that Trapit scours from around the web, you’re guaranteed to get a huge variety of perspectives, including many that will definitely challenge your preconceptions and break you out of your comfort zone. Some of them will even make thoughtful points that may have you reconsider your position, while others might have a perspective that you recoil from, and don’t want to see again. Well, if that happens, Trapit has a great tool for you: simply tap on the thumbs down button for the article from the site you don’t want to see again, and when your options come up, tap on the dislike source option.

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And if you do that, you won’t ever see another article from that source in your trap again! Break out of your static ways of thinking about the world with Trapit, and learn what the entire gamut of voices, worldwide is saying!

-Ethan

Turkish Protests Covered By a Variety of Voices

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Something is afoot in the world. In most first-world countries, when people have grievances with the government, you fully expect the right to assemble, protest, and speak your point of view. You’re not surprised when local, state or federal law enforcement show up to keep the peace. But when the police begin attacking citizens, when there are thousands arrested, injured and brutalized by their own government, the world needs to know.

And even if you don’t hear much about it from the New York Times, Wall Street Journals, or the BBC, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a worldwide uproar happening. Luckily, Trapit hears all of it.

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Protesters have presented their demands to the government, and even the government’s most ardent supporters are speaking out against their deplorable actions. From economic implications to the silencing of free speech, to international ramifications and the possibility of an uprising, Trapit captures it all.

Follow along and get all the news with our Turkish protests featured trap, and let us be your field guide to controversial events that you need to know more about. All the information in the world is available at your fingertips; with Trapit, you’ll never be under-informed again!

-Ethan

Trapit Follows the Aftermath of the OK Tornado

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No matter how far humankind or our technology progresses, we’re still at the mercy of natural disasters. Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Volcanoes and more are still among the most destructive forces ever unleashed on Earth, and when a powerful enough one threatens to hit, there’s no good defense other than evacuation.

What ensues afterwards is a deluge of information, and following the conversations you care about can be an infuriating, mind-boggling task. Unless, of course, you’re savvy enough to let Trapit do the work for you. When one of the worst tornadoes in history ripped through Oklahoma earlier this week, no other news source captured as many high-quality voices as we did, from the formation of tornadoes to protecting your kids at school to how unpredictable they are to the science behind them to how it looked from space!

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Tornado Alley, as it’s known, remains a tremendously perilous place, but there are stories of heroism and serendipity among the carnage, and Trapit continues to capture it all. The death toll due to the Moore, OK tornado has recently been lowered, a rarity in a natural disaster like this, thanks to the bravery of rescue workers. Keep up on all the news as its uncovered with Trapit’s Tornadoes featured trap, where we’re committed to bringing you all the best coverage from all around the world!

-Ethan

The Daily Trap

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It’s a passion that grips nearly us all at some point in our lives: a book series, television show, or movie franchise that we simply cannot get enough of! Whether it was trading old bootleg VHS tapes of Dr. Who, scavenging through the aisles at Toys R Us for the latest Star Wars lightsaber, or planning your vacation to the Harry Potter theme park, there’s nothing more liberating than openly admitting and celebrating your membership in a fandom, no matter how out-of-the-mainstream it is.

Even if you’re a 34-year-old man who’s absolutely delighted by a television show geared towards 7-year-old girls.

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The Daily Trap

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When I explored Trapit I was fascinated at how easy and intuitive it was; I was feeling like an expert in no time!

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Location: Roanoke, VA
Occupation: Professor & Chair, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; Pediatrician-in-Chief, Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital
Websites: Alice’s Carilion Clinic Blog, @CloseToHomeMD on Twitter
Favorite Wildlife: Birds

Q: You came from very humble beginnings in Brooklyn, NY, to have an incredibly successful career in medicine. How did you first discover your interest in medicine?

There were a couple of related events. The first was when my father died, when I was nine years old. At some point after he passed away, I remember coming out of my bedroom, and looking at my mom, and she was trying to figure out how to write a check and how to balance a checkbook. And she was crying.

And I sat there, and I said, somewhere inside of me, that this was not going to happen to me. I think that gave me the desire to become self-sufficient, to value my education, and to go forward with the mindset that I was going to rely on myself.

I also remember when I was in highschool, I volunteered at Coney Island hospital. I was volunteering at an ER when they were responding to a cardiac arrest. And the doctors were working on some poor man they had brought in, and they were unsuccessful. Afterwards, they just walked away, with the attitude “you win some, you lose some.” And I wondered if they treated my Dad like that when he was brought in, or if there was someone there who really cared. And that’s what I think really set the stage for the person I was going to become.

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Celebrate Earth Day With Trapit

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Happy Earth Day, everyone! There’s no better way to celebrate our planet than by learning how you can help protect it, and doing your best to take a small step forward in that regard. Whether that means ditching your inefficient car, taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint, or even occasionally telecommuting, there are all sorts of ways to celebrate and help preserve the natural world we all inhabit. And there’s no better way to stay up on all the latest news about Earth and the environment than with Trapit’s Environmental Protection Agency featured trap!

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Today’s a great day to start doing something positive, and the EPA trap is a great place to find ideas and inspirations on how you can make it Earth Day every day! It’s time to take responsibility for the stewardship of our planet, and there’s no better place to inform yourself than here. (And we’ve got some amazing Earth Day pictures for you, too!)

Regardless of where your environmental passions lie, whether it’s with the climate, ocean life, green, clean automobiles, protecting the environment or even something exotic like bringing back extinct animals, Trapit’s got you covered! We’ve only got one Earth, so let’s celebrate by making it the best it can be for everyone on our planet!

-Ethan

Autism Awareness Month

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It’s Autism Awareness Month, and here at Trapit we’re passionate about bringing you accurate information about this widespread condition. Scientifically proven to be completely unrelated to vaccines and vaccination (despite scientific frauds who contend otherwise), autism is not a disease but is simply a hereditary condition that requires acceptance. Kids with autism do, in fact, have a wide variety of special needs, but there are a whole slew of resources for coping with autism.

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There’s no reason that having an autistic child means you can’t have a happy, healthy family. Many different therapies abound, from psychiatric to animal to robot therapies and more; consult with a doctor to find what’s right for your family. (Resources for adults with autism are also available!) Plug in to the conversation surrounding autism with Trapit’s Autism featured trap, where we’re working to help raise awareness of this affliction, while dispelling the harmful myths and misconceptions that surround it. We know you’re working hard to get it right, and here at Trapit we’re committed to that 100%!

-Ethan

The Daily Trap

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I have found that Trapit is superior in this regard, bringing in a wider range of sources that assist in tracking down anything and everything motocross spread out all over the world.

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Location: Lakeland, Florida
Occupation: Account Executive, GLT Total Office
Favorite Traps: Motocross & Astrophysics

Q: When most people enter an office space, they see desktop computers and cubicles. You see a blank canvas and an opportunity to think creatively. Tell us about what you do for a living…

I am an Account Executive for an independent office supply and furniture company. I do mostly business-to-business sales and marketing. On the surface, it doesn’t sound like it’s jam-packed with excitement, but it would actually surprise you. We get to design and install some of the nicest interiors in the region. We’ve completely transformed college campuses from old, obsolete and stuffy layouts into modern marvels. Our main brand is Steelcase, the same workspace layouts you see in the interior of Google HQ. The field of design reminds me of my childhood, growing up building structures with my huge Lego collection.

Q: Tell us more about the ‘modern office.’ Any favorite projects you’ve worked on?

These days, the modern office is nothing like it was even five years ago. Innovation through collaboration, creativity through comfort are the goals these days. You want that “campfire feel,” with the presenter as the focal point in a setting where discussion and sharing is encouraged by convenience. Making people enjoy their workspaces and look forward to being there does wonders for the productivity of a company.

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One of our personal favorites is USF Sky Blue Polytechnic—working with the people actually using the space—we came up with some very creative and unique ideas. Storm Troopers (the guys in white suits from Star Wars) guard networking rooms and there’s a big curly slide to bring out the kid in anyone. Nowadays, working in this field comes with an added bonus, knowing that what you helped build will assist the levels of productivity in budding learning environments. Whether it be for college students, or even an office full of architects and engineers who are designing themselves—designing our future.

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The Daily Trap

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People want to discover, they want to find a new blogger, a new perspective, and be forced to take their blinders off. Trapit really breaks you out of that, and opens you up to content and new voices that you wouldn’t have heard otherwise.

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Location: Chicago, IL
Occupation: Content Marketer and SEO
Websites: Ghergich.com, @SEO on twitter
Favorite Cheese: Aged Gouda, the older the better

Q: You’re a professional in the field of content marketing and search engine optimization (SEO). What problems are we trying to solve here?

Although these are related, they’re really two separate problems. For SEO, what you’re really trying to accomplish is to make your website and your content as search-engine-friendly as possible. You also want to optimize it for keywords you know your audience is already searching for.

Content marketing is a little more on the outreach side of things. Basically, users are your customers. They don’t respond very well to interruption-style advertising. If you’re listening to a radio in your car, you just tune out a radio ad. The same thing happens when you see a banner or pop-up ad on the webpage you visit. That’s Interruption marketing, and it’s a dead-end.

The goal of content marketing is to try and produce content that helps your user, gains their trust, and finds them the content that you think will be most helpful to them based on what they’ve been searching for. Rather than try to sell the user something they may or may not have any interest in, you’re engaging them based on what their expressed interests already are.

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