Blog #6-Politics

It has been theorized for some time now that the measurable increase in political polarization with our population is due largely to websites such as Twitter and Facebook. Many feel that the content on sites like these push people to lean more in one direction or the other, and they make many valid points as to why. However, while the effects of internet content cannot be ignored, recent studies have shown that cable news may be as much if not more to blame. The increasing polarization of news channels such as Fox news and MSNBC has theoretically had a notable impact on voting patterns as their influence has progressively increased. That being said, news responds to the needs of its viewers and therefore cannot take all of the blame. The U.S. has been on the path to becoming increasingly more polarized since as early as the 1970s, and this is most likely the result of many different combined factors. While it is still uncertain if any one thing has led us to this point, it is certain that we are moving further and further away from center on average.Screen-Shot-2017-03-21-at-9.41.01-AM


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