Media & Polarization

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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 we. But is that actually so? In this conversation we explore the world of how politics has become “not to be discussed”, what happens in our relationships with others as a result of having specialized media sources and our lack of common understanding. We also ask for what type of political climate we aspire to…so we can envision it together.

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Round One: Getting Started / Why Are We Here?
● What interested you or drew you to this conversation?

Round Two: Core values
Answer one or more of the following:
● What sense of purpose / mission / duty guides you in your life?
● What would your best friend say about who you are and what makes you “tick”?
● What are your hopes and concerns for your community and/or the country now and long-term?

Round Three: Polarization, Media and the Country We Want
Remember that the goal for this Living Room Conversation is for all of us to listen and learn about
where we have different opinions and where we have shared interests, intentions and goals. Answer
one or more of the following questions:
● 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?
● How would you describe the political climate you’d like to have?
● If you do, how do you describe yourself, politically?

Round Four: Reflection
Answer one or more of the following questions:
● In one sentence, share what was most meaningful / valuable to you in the experience of this Living Room Conversation.
● What learning, new understanding or common ground was found on this topic?
● Has this conversation changed your perception of anyone in this group, including yourself?

Round Five: What Have We Accomplished Here?
Answer both of the following questions:
● What is one important thing you thought was accomplished here?
● Is there a next step you would like to take based upon the conversation you just had?

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