Echo Chambers and Polarization

Echo Chambers and Polarization June 30, 2019

Here’s a round-up of some recent pieces addressing political and other forms of ideological polarization.

How Does Belief Polarization Work?

An article in The Atlantic looked at attacks on liberal democracy by conservative religious voices.

Survey: Most white evangelicals blame journalists for fake news

Psychologists and anti-science beliefs

The Academic Minute recently focused on how to bridge divides so as to make common cause on social issues

Facebook created our culture of echo chambers—and it killed the one thing that could fix it

Media studies colleagues take notice: Just more evidence that religion is at the center of contemporary politics

Why Humans Are The Most Irrational Animals

First Monday has a couple of articles relevant to the intersection of ideological polarization and technology

Review of The Church of Us vs. Them

Moral leadership for a divided age

What Polarization Does to Us

American Polarization

A study found U.S. journalism to be much less impartial than that in other parts of the world

Bridging the political divide in the context of higher education

Confirmation bias online

Prof Cass Sunstein on how social change happens, and why it’s so often abrupt & unpredictable

Let The Anti-Vaxxers Have Their Way

Fears about safety of vaccines are spreading

Does science diplomacy work?

The Distance Between Us: Why we act badly when we don’t speak face-to-face

The jerk in the machine

Terry Pratchett’s prophetic vision of online Nazism

The Christian Century on the problems with Facebook

Life and religion are not zero-sum games

The church of the excluded middle

From Seth Price’s podcast with Brandan Robertson:

Clean and Unclean. Worthy and unworthy. Accepted and unaccepted. Our churches have had a habit of all to quickly throwing everyone and anyone into one binary or the next. But this is not the gospel of Jesus.

Sometimes draconian laws that move to one extreme may lead groups that were at loggerheads to see the need to make common cause with one another around things they have in common, but which they may not have seen as clearly when they thought of themselves as the only two camps.

Framing: How the media shape the news

Truth and the concept of the public good

Research Presented at Vatican Shows That Anti-Atheist Stereotypes Are Inaccurate

The Poison of Precaution: The Anti-Science Mindset

Echo chambers and anti-science beliefs

“Irrationality: A History of the Dark Side of Reason” with Justin Smith

Here’s a Timeline of How Anti-Vaccination Propaganda Permeated the Culture

Intellectual Humility is a Virtue (RJS)

Is ‘Quillette’ an island of sanity — or reactionary conservatism for the Ph.D. set?

Red Myths, Rural Realities

Ten reasons to be a skeptic

The Sexuality Debate Dividing an Evangelical Denomination

A Methodist Pastor Is Brilliantly Calling Out the “Pro-Life” Crowd’s Hypocrisy

Here’s Your Reminder That the Christian Right Blocked the Equal Rights Amendment

Doublethink Is Stronger Than Orwell Imagined: What 1984 means today

A Biography of George Orwell’s 1984

One Wealthy New York Couple Donates Millions to Anti-Vax Groups

A poll found people think fake news is a bigger concern than terrorism

Is knowledge itself an outdated concept?

The death of politics

Europe’s future depends on insights from its past

Facebook, Google, and the 2016 election

Racist speech on Twitter and real-life hate crimes

The Sisyphean Challenges of Skepticism or, Start by Disbelieving

Let’s put our heads together and start a new country up

The Christian Right Is Going All Out to Make Sure Donald Trump Gets Re-Elected

Steve Black offered a “non-manifesto manifesto” for the excluded middle, or rather the “both/and.”

Thoughts from a church whose Black Lives Matter sign keeps getting stolen.

Pining For Those Enlightenment Entrails

No Sympathy for Racists, No Matter What Their Age

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