The scene plays out in a strikingly similar manner, regardless of topic. During a group discussion about prominent news items, you’ll state your belief, the group unanimously disagrees, and you find yourself looking around the room, eyes wide open whilst scanning each individual, palms up, emoting a very clear “Seriously? No one is going to back me up on this?”
Eventually, you become unsure if you should jump in the fray and explain your viewpoint or just let it pass without comment. After all, what’s the point? Online and off line, opinions on virtually every topical event are becoming increasingly antithetic. The conversations are shortening, the distance between opinions are lengthening, and consensus is being reached ever more rarely.
Every notable news story seems to unite a large amount of people who are fanatically obstinate, xenophobic, and nervous elderly white Southerners. Strictly for the sake of brevity, we will refer to this group as FOXNEWS.
Simultaneously, another sizable group springs forth that vehemently disagrees with every stance taken by FOXNEWS; they tend to be Marxist, Socialist, and naïve Bohemian children. Again, only for convenience, we will refer to this group as MSNBC.