Recently Read Resonations

The cre­ation of en­claves of like-mind­ed peo­ple had a sec­ond ef­fect: It made both lib­er­al groups and con­ser­v­a­tive groups sig­nif­i­cant­ly more ho­mo­ge­neous — and thus squelched di­ver­si­ty. Before peo­ple start­ed to talk, many groups dis­played a fair amount of in­ter­nal dis­agree­ment on the three is­sues. The dis­agree­ments were great­ly re­duced as a re­sult of a mere 15-minute dis­cus­sion. In their anony­mous state­ments, group mem­bers showed far more con­sen­sus af­ter dis­cus­sion than be­fore. The dis­cus­sion great­ly widened the rift be­tween lib­er­als and con­ser­v­a­tives on all three is­sues.

The Internet makes it ex­ceed­ing­ly easy for peo­ple to repli­cate the Colorado ex­per­i­ment on­line, whether or not that is what they are try­ing to do.

Cass R. Sunstein — The Polarization of Extremes

Baltimore is a postin­dus­tri­al city, wedged be­tween D.C. and Philadelphia and strug­gling to find its fu­ture and rec­on­cile its past. In that sense it’s like St. Louis and Cleveland and Philly and a lot of oth­er rust-belt American places, and so sto­ries from here have a chance of be­ing about more than Baltimore per se. The sto­ry­telling here might be quite de­tailed in ref­er­enc­ing lo­cal ge­og­ra­phy and cul­ture, but it trans­lates eas­i­ly to else­where and there­fore ac­quires ad­di­tion­al rel­e­vance eas­i­ly.

David Simon — Creator/​Writer/​Producer of The Wire as in­ter­viewed by Nick Hornby.

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