Enclave Extremism and Journalism's Brave New World

Sunstein, Cass R.
June 2008
Nieman Reports;Summer2008, Vol. 62 Issue 2, p34
The article examines the concept of self-selection, a political sociology term meaning the tendency of individuals to associate with others of the same opinions and beliefs. The dramatic expansion of the Internet as a means of political communication and in journalism has made this process available even to persons otherwise alienated from the mainstream of political thought in their physical communities. Self-selection of political information is said to pose a very real danger to political discourse in a democratic society, where issues are debated between groups who cannot even agree on the facts under discussion.


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