Thoughts on Social Media and Politics
“How did we get here?” has been a recurring thought for me as I watch current events in American politics unfold. The political polarization in the country is as bad as it’s been in recent memory, and things feel like they’re accelerating more than slowing down. It seems as though the only thing that people can generally agree on is just how divided we are.
So, how did we get here?
It’d be absurd to claim that our current disfunction stems from just one cause, but I do think that the changes in how we communicate with each other have been a major contributing factor. I’m talking about social media, of course, as cliché a subject as that may be. I’ve thought a lot about just how toxic politics usually are on social media, where tribalism is rampant and anger is the default emotion.
I’d like to share a hypothesis on why politics on social media are so toxic. Not an answer or a solution, just some of my thoughts.