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.

https://www.vox.com/2020/1/28/21077888/why-were-polarized-media-book-ezra-news

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

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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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