DIVIDED WE FALL: How to Build Bridges and Engage in Politics in 2021 Online
The 2020 election only served to widen the obvious and growing political divide in the United States. Since 1980 elections have been nationalized, interest groups and outside money have influenced US elections, political parties have become more diverse, and the media is no longer broadcasting but narrow casting to targeted groups. People are now more likely to hate or fear members of the political side, and less likely to cross party lines when voting.
Although the situation seems dire, there are still ways we can lessen this political divide. To bridge the political divide dozens of non-governmental organizations and individuals have developed programs, events, and local chapters of their organizations to equip and inspire people to become bridge builders. In addition, political scientists, philosophers and psychologists have also developed techniques for restoring dialogue and diminishing division within the country.
For those who are frustrated by politics as usual 2021 beckons with the promise of many elections and opportunities to get involved.
Zoom into this talk by professor Timothy Kneeland of Nazareth College to learn how you can become bridge builder and more citizen participant in the political process.