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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on March 29, 2008, in response to the Camera’s question: Is political discourse improving or deteriorating in the United States?

Public political discourse is deteriorating for several reasons. One, of course, is many people choose to affirm their beliefs and opinions with those of like mind. It’s much easier and more comfortable than to be challenged to think and to argue. Time is a factor. Busy people don’t have the time or inclination to try to convert others to their points of view and don’t intend to change their own. Deeper relationships with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers get in the way as does the public’s appetite for entertainment.

A significant contributor to the deterioration of public discourse is the Internet. More voices should be considered a definite advantage in civil discourse. However, the problem on the Internet is that many of the voices are filled with irrational arguments and ad hominem attacks. Anonymity has loosened the tongue but usually not engaged the mind.

We’ve come full circle. While more people are getting their voices out there, still, most people are listening to those of like mind.

*This title was not part of the Camera publication.

Source: Daily Camera

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