Why We Still Can't Be Friends: The Digital Construction of Echo Chambers
Voting Rights Act, 1965
Its impact on the Democratic Party
2)Ideological and Sectional Alignment
For the first time since the New Deal coalition was formed, ideology and party align and are consistent with georgraphic support of the parties
So, what do the parties stand for and who are their most loyal voters?
Beliefs of Republican loyalists
Key Republican constituencies
F You Boys
Beliefs of Democratic loyalists
Super Educated women
In recent years, religion has become aligned with partisan preference
The great sorting out has aligned ideology, section and partisanship
3) Candidates know a lot more about the voters
4) Creation of Echo Chambers that reinforce partisan divisions
This cuts against the theme of fracture
like media consolidation and global organizaitons, strong partisan identification has aggregated, not fractured.
has made the parties stand for something substantive and delineate their differences
- Why Can't we be Friends? The Partisan Divide
- Why we Still Can't be Friends: The Digital Construction of Echo Chambers
- Cass R Sunstein, Republic.com 2.0 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007), Ch.2, pp. 19-45.
- Doris Graber, hius3162.graber.adapting-political-news-to-the-needs.pdf
- Sasha Issenberg, The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns (Broadway Books, 2012), ch. 6, "Geeks versus the Gurus," 143-180
- Don Tapscott, Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World (New York: McGraw Hill, 2009), ch. 9, “The New Generation and Democracy: Obama, Social Networks and Citizen Engagement,” 243-268.
- David Karpf, “Macaca Moments Reconsidered: Electoral Panopticon or Netroots Mobilization?”
- Nancy Scola, "How the Hashtag Became a Campaign Battleground," The Atlantic, November 1, 2011
What echo chamber do YOU belong to? Describe the ideological contours of this echo chamber, the news and advertising outlets that fuel it and the ways that it has shaped your views of a specific political issue. If you believe that you have been able to avoid living in an echo chamber, explain how you have accomplished this.