Together All Alone? Democratic Strategist, James Carville, on the Internet

Carville thinks that, with regard to politics, people generally use the Internet to reinforce prejudices, not to form an independent opinion. In other words, people tend to drop into the rut of following only the blogs and websites that they agree with, and to avoid the ones that might actually challenge or threaten their preferred way of thinking. Here’s Carville:

“People use the Internet the same way a drunk uses a lamp post: for support, not illumination.”

Research seems to support Carville’s observation. More here.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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