July 3, 2022

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The Rise of Extremes

Politics has changed significantly in this country during the past few years. One of the biggest shifts that has taken place is that people seem to be retreating to the extremes. On both the right and the left, people seem to be more entrenched in their views. That is why it is more important than ever to build a moderate political coalition that can help people come to the center, agree on what to do next, and move the country forward. At the same time, in order to do this, it is important to take a look at the reasons why politics have become more extreme. Why is this the case? Why do people seem to be more entrenched in their views than ever before? There are a few key points to keep in mind.

The Rise of the Internet and Social Media

The rise of the internet and the major role it has played during the past few years has contributed to extremism. Even though the internet has an innumerable number of benefits, it also places people in something called an echo chamber. With the advent of social media, this echo chamber has become even louder. An echo chamber is an environment where people only hear views with which they agree. For example, when people use the internet, search engines and websites often present people with information that is similar to what they read in the past. This information does not present a different view but instead reinforces existing views that people have. As a result, echo chambers are moving people further and further to the extreme.

The Rise of Disinformation

In addition, there has also been a dramatic rise in the rates of disinformation and misinformation. This is where people see something on the internet that is not accurate. Because there’s only money in being first, not necessarily being correct, people are often exposed to information that is simply inaccurate. If they do not realize this, then they might think that their views are correct when in reality they are incorrect and extreme. It is important for people to look for information with which they might not agree because this will foster discussion. 

The Future of Politics

Everyone has to make sure that they are reading factual information. This is going to be important in bringing the country together and ensuring that there’s a spirit of compromise and teamwork.