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Are modern politics caused by modern media?

We live in a world of instant media. Instead of reading a daily paper, we are now surrounded by more information than we can ever absorb.  I think this forces a lot of shallow study instead of study in depth.
 
Short pitches like: "Keep out the Immigrants" are easier to peruse than long economic articles about how immigrants pay your pension. 

too much data means confirmation bias gets worse as we skim articles looking for the bits that agree with what we believe and never consciously notice the rest. This entry was originally posted on Dreamwidth where it has comment count unavailable comments.

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catalenamara
Dec. 31st, 2016 06:34 pm (UTC)
Agreed. I read a lot of in depth articles which discusses issues in context of history and geography. I've always done so, but I know very well most people don't have the time and inclination, and in this sound bite world any concept of context is completely lost for a great many people.
vicarage
Dec. 31st, 2016 06:53 pm (UTC)
Leading the news, breaking news and twitter have a lot to answer for. It encourages sound-bites and headlines, not reflective plans.

I particularly hate "X will say today". I'd much rather read "our political correspondent analyses what X said yesterday"

Oh, and I'd hate politician's twitter feeds if I used twitter
vjezkova
Jan. 1st, 2017 06:11 pm (UTC)
This is very true! Together with that and a very efficient method of "bread and circusses", the society is led where the powers-to-be want it to be ...

Edited at 2017-01-01 06:12 pm (UTC)
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