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Political Discourse

Millennials and Racism: How We Can Change the Discussion

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 06.23.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

Why do Millennials, despite our fervent belief in equality and open discussion, seem so resistant to having a truly open discussion about equality?

The Twitter Delusion

Greig Lamont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Greig Lamont

Whether it's validation, narcissism, or even the upsurge in anonymous online vitriol and abuse, all of these criticisms seem to miss the mark. So, what's the rub?

Why Bother Talking Politics on the Internet?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Kate Blanchard

The exchange, in combination with a number of other unpleasant exchanges I've had in the past couple of years since venturing into Internet writing, made me think again about the purpose of public discourse.

My New Friend Likes Glenn Beck

Joshua McLaurin | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Joshua McLaurin

Whatever your personal reaction to the song "Accidental Racist" may be, the immediate controversy that followed is a reminder that voices appearing to call for unity are subject to intense scrutiny. And that's a good thing.

Taking the Argument to Them

Phil Campbell | Posted 03.11.2013 | Media
Phil Campbell

By pursuing conversations with people about urban legends, conspiracy theories, and the nuttier political and social myths that pervade our culture, I've learned something about people: Our media-fueled "culture war" is in many ways an illusion.

4 Ways to Improve the State of Political Discourse Online

Rand Strauss | Posted 01.08.2013 | Technology
Rand Strauss

Instead of ignoring posts and comments as your blood boils with disagreement, I propose we change the state of political discourse online. After all, we are all debating for a common cause: the well-being of our nation and the citizens who reside within it.

The Shoot-Out Election: How To Vote?

Alan Jones | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
Alan Jones

Given the extremes of our political discourse, where does a "progressive traditionalist" like me find solace and encouragement?

Tales From the Election: Poison, Pinheads and Partisanship

Emily Booker | Posted 10.03.2012 | College
Emily Booker

Ten minutes later, our bosses rushed over, asked where the food had come from and were horrified to learn we had accepted food from a stranger. "What did this man look like, this is a political campaign! There could be strychnine or something in that! Let us know if you're not feeling well," they said.

Gaffology 101

Robin Lakoff | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
Robin Lakoff

Gaffes are not just meaningless accidents: they reveal more about the true characters of the politicians who make them than they would wish the electorate to know.

Echos of Leadership

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 11.16.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

Aside from the undeniable merit of his views, consider the actual language used. Serious. Intelligent. Thought-provoking. Wouldn't it be something if a sizable number of our politicians would actually talk like that today? Imagine how different the national debate might be.

An Educated Voter Is Our Democracy's Best Citizen

Matthew Tolliver | Posted 09.15.2012 | Media
Matthew Tolliver

Are the citizens of this country, by virtue of our general lack of political fluency, the cause of this lackluster discourse? The numbers support the idea. We need to set a new standard for our political leaders' fluency in policy.

Does Name-Calling Politics Improve Your Argument?

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics
Robert V. Taylor

In the polite city of Portland, Oregon, I eavesdropped on the animated conversation at the table next to me. As they spoke about the Ryan budget the first grenade was thrown: "You are an ass---e."

A Campaign for Civility: The Virtue of Being Nice in Political Discourse

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

With the Republican convention past and the Democratic convention upon us, it seems like a ripe time to ponder the tenor of public discourse.

Election 2012: The End Of The Middle Of Everything

Howard Fineman | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics
Howard Fineman

Dick Lugar was a nice guy who stayed too long. But his crushing loss is also a valid data point in a profound and troubling trend, obvious not only in politics but in every other aspect of American life. We are losing the mediating middle of everything.

Upending Political Vitriol

Robert V. Taylor | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Robert V. Taylor

Our culture and political process is adept at demonizing opposing points of view and candidates. What if, instead of accepting this as the norm, we embrace a proactive response that insists on a new discourse?

The Five Cardinal Sins of Progressive Activists

Mark Osler | Posted 06.17.2012 | Impact
Mark Osler

We live in a world that too often values conflict over solutions, and loud voices over wise ones. Avoiding the mistakes described below may not only make you more effective, but help make our public discourse more civil and productive.

In the Political Game Today, Divided We Fall

FSView | Posted 06.03.2012 | College
FSView

Somewhere amongst the blob of partisan political analysis, reality television contests and mass commercialization that makes up our popular culture, is a world of politics that attempts to fit in. The problem is, real political discussion cannot exist in such a setting.

Week to Week: Because the News Matters

John Zipperer | Posted 05.28.2012 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Everyone complains about shouting heads on cable TV and the sorry state of our political discourse, but few people seem to realize that we can do something about it.

Where is My Flying Car? And Other Questions to Ask About the 21st Century

Lisa Solod | Posted 05.28.2012 | Home
Lisa Solod

Flying cars, Rosie the robot housekeeper, moon colonies and the like would all be lovely. But I would rather have made more progress toward decency and equality and kindness and humanity than we seem to have made.

Coffman: Obama "Probably Won't Admit" to Reading U.S. Constitution

Jason Salzman | Posted 04.18.2012 | Denver
Jason Salzman

I've been thinking that journalists should add a "civility" beat to their shrinking offerings. At least they should give a little extra air or ink (literal and digital) to challenge politicians when they hit below the belt.

An Appeal: Winning Back Political Discourse

Faiz Siddiqui | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics
Faiz Siddiqui

Luke Hall, an ambitious 19-year-old politician from Cincinnati, strives to limit misinformation by changing the way we take in politics in the first place.

Bonfire Of The Vanities: Artworks Set Ablaze

Posted 03.27.2012 | Arts

Artists in particular are fragile souls who are vulnerable to those extreme moments of self-doubt where they cannot bear to look at their work anymore...

Why Liberals, Conservatives Don't See Eye To Eye

Posted 01.23.2012 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 01/22/2012 07:36 PM EST on LiveScience If you walk away from holiday dinn...

When Friends Are on the Opposite Side of the Aisle

Linda Lipshutz, MS, ACSW | Posted 02.11.2012 | Style
Linda Lipshutz, MS, ACSW

Lately, it seems that wherever we go people are talking politics. And, no, it's not just humdrum discourse. Unfortunately, there have been many instances where seemingly friendly debates have escalated into ugly screaming matches and personal attacks.

Giving Thanks -- For the Occupation, For the Intensity, For the Innocence

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.24.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

While the Arab Spring showed that people can still accomplish the impossible, our political debate was frozen in corporate cynicism. Now everything has changed. For the U.S., spring came in autumn.