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National Week of Conversation: Media and Polarization
April 11, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm PDT
April 11, 2019 at 6:00 -7:30 pm ET/3:00 -4:30 pm PT (adjust for your time zone)
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Living Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation. These conversations are open to anyone and everyone – no prior training or experience is needed to participate. You may find that you have similar views to those in your conversation or you may find that you are as different as can be. It can be a valuable experience to let go of your expectations of what the conversation should be and focus on what it is in the moment. The National Week of Conversation topics have been chosen to encourage participation and allow for everyone to be able to share their own life experiences and viewpoints as well as actively listening to those of others.
Join us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Media and Polarization.
Over the last 50 years, our media has shifted from major networks and newspapers to specialized sources with specific audiences. In other words, we can ‘shop’ for the news that suits us and limit our exposure to news that we don’t like. We often hear that this results in a culture of polarization. But is that actually so? In this conversation we explore how politics has become “not to be discussed”. What happens in our relationships as a result of having specialized media sources and a lack of common understanding? In this conversation we also explore what type of political climate we aspire to… so we can begin to envision it together.
Please see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:
- How does the media impact you, your friends, and your family?
- How often do you talk politics with your friends and family?
- Has polarization impacted your relationships? What happened?
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