Internet Effects: Coarse, Extreme Statements

One of the effects of the Internet (and now I’m quoting and paraphrasing from a Chicago Tribune article by Michael Finnegan, 10/4/15) is that it fosters coarse, extreme statements by political candidates.  After Republican presidential candidate, Ben Carson, said that Muslims were not fit to be president, he highlighted the recent coarsening of public discourse  in the Internet Age–which is really a different kind of world.  It’s a world where people take in stride the strident, racist things that are said.  This is a part of the Internet Age; a media world where there are so many outlets, and so many voices–that to cut through you need shock value.

About georgebeam

George Beam is an educator and author. The perspectives that inform his interpretations of the topics of this blog–-as well as his other writings and university courses -–are system analysis, behaviorism, and Internet effects. Specific interests include quality management, methodology, and politics. He is Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Political Science; and, previously, Head, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago
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