Saturday, June 27, 2020

Political polarization

An excerpt from Why We’re Polarized, the new book by Ezra Klein.

And too many people are happy to be rage-controlled automatons.

By Ezra Klein
Jan 28, 2020, 8:30am EST


The old line on local reporting was “If it bleeds, it leads.” For political reporting, the principle is “If it outrages, it leads.” And outrage is deeply connected to identity — we are outraged when members of other groups threaten our group and violate our values. As such, polarized media doesn’t emphasize commonalities, it weaponizes differences; it doesn’t focus on the best of the other side, it threatens you with the worst.


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