We live in a complex world and I don't mean to oversimplify this too much. But it seems to me that, rather than a change in underlying sentiments -- that is, more prevalence of quote-unquote extreme, alienated, nonmainstream, populist, pox-on-both-their-houses viewpoints -- what has instead changed is that these viewpoints have become much more visible. And the reason has to do with technology -- to some extent cable news but to a much greater extent the Internet.Nate has the rest.
Take the Tea Parties, for example. . . .
. . . .The change we are seeing is perhaps principally a technological one.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Not More Extremism. . .
It's just easier to see: