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    It’s not just a phase.

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    The story of Babel is the best metaphor I have found for what happened to America in the 2010s, and for the fractured country we now inhabit. Something went terribly wrong, very suddenly. We are disoriented, unable to speak the same language or recognize the same truth. We are cut off from one another and from the past.

    It’s been clear for quite a while now that red America and blue America are becoming like two different countries claiming the same territory, with two different versions of the Constitution, economics, and American history. But Babel is not a story about tribalism; it’s a story about the fragmentation of everything. It’s about the shattering of all that had seemed solid, the scattering of people who had been a community. It’s a metaphor for what is happening not only between red and blue, but within the left and within the right, as well as within universities, companies, professional associations, museums, and even families.

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    Historically, civilizations have relied on shared blood, gods, and enemies to counteract the tendency to split apart as they grow. But what is it that holds together large and diverse secular democracies such as the United States and India, or, for that matter, modern Britain and France?

    Social scientists have identified at least three major forces that collectively bind together successful democracies: social capital (extensive social networks with high levels of trust), strong institutions, and shared stories. Social media has weakened all three. To see how, we must understand how social media changed over time—and especially in the several years following 2009.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine...dLGvzQDLROtbXU

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    Add this thread to the list of reasons

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    • #3
      ^

      Speaking of uniquely stupid...

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      • #4
        LA you’re the biggest idiot here. You have to admit

        thankfully you won’t be on earth too much longer

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Agent Zero View Post
          LA you’re the biggest idiot here. You have to admit

          thankfully you won’t be on earth too much longer
          Not sure what this is, but let’s not have anymore of it, please.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by DomCasual View Post

            Not sure what this is, but let’s not have anymore of it, please.
            It's a troll account.

            That's the only thing he does here.

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            • #7
              I read this article over the weekend. I like it. But seems like it's getting a lot of chatter for being more groundbreaking than it really is.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by L.A. BRONCOS FAN View Post
                It’s not just a phase.

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                The story of Babel is the best metaphor I have found for what happened to America in the 2010s, and for the fractured country we now inhabit. Something went terribly wrong, very suddenly. We are disoriented, unable to speak the same language or recognize the same truth. We are cut off from one another and from the past.

                It’s been clear for quite a while now that red America and blue America are becoming like two different countries claiming the same territory, with two different versions of the Constitution, economics, and American history. But Babel is not a story about tribalism; it’s a story about the fragmentation of everything. It’s about the shattering of all that had seemed solid, the scattering of people who had been a community. It’s a metaphor for what is happening not only between red and blue, but within the left and within the right, as well as within universities, companies, professional associations, museums, and even families.

                ...

                Historically, civilizations have relied on shared blood, gods, and enemies to counteract the tendency to split apart as they grow. But what is it that holds together large and diverse secular democracies such as the United States and India, or, for that matter, modern Britain and France?

                Social scientists have identified at least three major forces that collectively bind together successful democracies: social capital (extensive social networks with high levels of trust), strong institutions, and shared stories. Social media has weakened all three. To see how, we must understand how social media changed over time—and especially in the several years following 2009.

                https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine...dLGvzQDLROtbXU
                And before social media, there was Rupert Murdoch and Fox News. And before that there was Newt Gingrich. In order to install an authoritarian, single party rule over America, you must destroy democracy first. The way to do that is to attack the narratives that hold it up, the belief in the system. This, they have done very effectively since Reagan. Our government no longer works. Our "government is the problem." "Our elections are rigged." Once you've convinced enough people that the elections are rigged, you change the laws and put your people in charge of the elections. They'll make sure you get the outcome you want. Fixing elections is rule number one in authoritarian rule. Destroy the faith in democratic processes and you destroy democracy.

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