Culture War : The Myth Of A Polarized America, Morris P. Fiorina

1007 WordsMay 3, 20165 Pages
In her book, Culture War? The Myth of a Polarized America, Morris P. Fiorina talks of the lack of polarization in today’s politics. “The “culture war” refers to a displacement of the classic economic conflicts that animated twentieth- century politics in the advanced democracies by newly emergent moral and religious ones” (Fiorina, Abrams, Pope, 2005, p. 2). Fiorina argues that this phenomenon does not exist; her argument under is persuasive for many reasons. I see the following as the main reasons: the first, is that the media portrays more polarization that there is in reality and the second being that Americans are more pragmatic that the advertised. Effects of the Media “Since media are part of the political class and talk mostly to the political class, the myth of popular polarization took root and grew.” (Fiorina, Abrams, Pope, 2005, p. 167). Recently media has played a huge role in the country’s politic; they share information, report events, and frame opinions. Fiorina explains that when interviewing, journalists have a tendency to observe those who hold political ground. These individuals do have polarized views; however, those beliefs do not represent that of the majority. Individuals who are more active in the political field are more likely to have polarized thoughts. She also discusses the focus of political activist and explains that they “are not normal people” in regards to general beliefs. While the political elite and political activists may be in the
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