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The Tangled Roots of Polarization | Symposium Magazine

November 4, 2013

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With the decline of the centrist and nonpartisan press, voters can more easily avoid viewpoints out of step with their own. The legal scholar Cass Sunstein has argued that the rise of the Internet and the ability to create a “Daily Me” catering to one’s own beliefs and values goes so far as to threaten democratic discourse. A recent study of social networks demonstrates the consequences of this: Republicans and Democrats alike are far more likely to have friends and follow feeds aligning with their own political dispositions. What people tweet and share is highly correlated with their political inclinations, which only exacerbates the problem. There is no shared space to engage in cross-partisan, cross-ideological dialogue.

Manuel J. Matos‘s insight:

This article about the american political situation is also applicable to the portuguese. To read with some care.

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