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Today's Big Idea: Cyber Neotribalism

The Big Idea for Sunday, May 27, 2012

Barack Obama rode into Washington in 2008 on a wave of national disgust with partisan politics. Four years later, American public discourse is as fragmented and volatile as ever, and gridlock in Washington is even worse. 

At a moment in history when technology has put the world at our fingertips, we remain pulled in opposite directions – toward self-Balkanization along political and religious lines on the one hand, and toward realizing the rich promise of an interconnected world on the other. The World Economic Forum labeled the danger of "cyber neotribalism" – or worldwide self-segregation into isolated internet subcultures – as one of the 50 Global Risks of 2012.

Novelist and Essayist Marilynne Robinson is optimistic about America's resilience in this regard. The nation's founding documents, she says, serve as a powerful reminder of its pluralist ideals, even in times of brutal divisiveness.  

 

 

Perspectives

  1. 1 America 2.0: The Threat of Neotribalism
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  2. 2 The Ancestor Allure: Exploring Why We Look Back
    Rasika Welankiwar Experts' Corner
  3. 3 Why We're at War With Ourselves: Understanding Racism as an Introduction to Psychology
    Daniel Honan Floating University
  4. 4 It’s a Big World, After All.
    Jason Gots Think Tank
 

Today's Big Idea: Cyber Neo...

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