Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Ezra Klein's "Why We're Polarized", preview


I did order Ezra Klein’s “Why We’re Polarized”, Avid Reader (Simon and Schuster), 2020, hardcover, 312 pages, indexed, Introduction (roman) and ten chapters.

Ezra Klein is one of the founding partners of Vox Media.

  
The New York Times offers a book excerpt of how Democrats became Liberals and Republicans became conservatives, here. This leads to a review by Norman J. Ornstein.
   
Klein notes that the big change occurred in the 1990s with the switch between limitation of information to local newspapers and broadcast or cable channels, to choice of information on the Internet from search engines.
  
For a long time, individualists tended to be craftier that old-school people in looking for information (my mother, who passed in 2010, never learned to use a computer or the Internet).  There was a bigger schism between individualists and tribalists.  Once modern social media appeared, people could be driven into echo chambers.

Fareed Zakaria also discusses Klein's book (Washington Post)  here

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