(THE FEDERALIST) -- A recently released poll by the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service had predictably bad news about civil society in 2019: “A majority of Americans believe political, racial, and class divisions are getting worse.” More disturbingly, “the average voter believes the U.S. is two-thirds of the way to the edge of a civil war.” While Democrats, Republicans, and independents blamed differing sources for the tension, all groups agreed on one: social media.
Indeed, the rise of online community and the erosion of real-life, local community have been favorite themes of lament on the right in recent years. In an insightful essay recently published here at The Federalist, the author confesses that Facebook “is what constitutes much of my community nowadays. I don’t know my neighbors … in spite of the fact that I work in buildings filled with people and live in a teeming city, I am often lonely.”
He goes on to argue that isolation has deepened our social and political divisions:
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