This is an interesting article from Noah Millman senior editor at The American Conservative. Attached to the article is an even more interesting discussion of the social media driven “political bubbles” we all live in to a greater or lesser extent from Al Jazeera.
We think it is wise to expose oneself to different political dispositions actively. Indeed at this website we are fortunate that though we proudly proclaim our classically liberal or libertarian bias, we welcome anyone to the discussion so long as that person is respectful of the site and of other readers. Why? Because no one has a lock on the truth. One can always learn. And preaching to the choir is boring.
(From The American Conservative)
My view in a nutshell: just as social media has enabled previously isolated people to find kindred spirits, and hence has fostered new communities and a new sense of belonging, it has made it easier to live in an informational bubble in which you only hear from the like-minded. But I don’t think this is anything more than a surface layer on top of something much deeper. We are increasingly polarized because of social, economic and political trends that have developed over 30-50 years, from the ideological sorting of the parties (and the distinct problems that sorting creates for our political institutions, which depend on a certain level of cross-partisan comity to function properly), to the rise of alternative conservative media, to globalization and the consequent deindustrialization of America and rise of a transnational elite, to . . . well, it’s a long list. And it’ll take a lot more than a cute app to counteract all that.