Andrea Patricia Baer; Ellysa Stern Cahoy; Robert Schroeder
Association of College and Research Libraries
Libraries Promoting Reflective Dialogue in a Time of Political Polarization
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Indignant speech blares throughout our polarized political climate, particularly in the press, in social media, and in campaign messaging. Indignation and polarization reinforce each other: defensiveness toward dissenting perspectives gets voiced as angry judgment, and fire-breathing rhetoric on wedge issues drives individuals more deeply into one ideological camp or another. A recent Pew study suggests that prevailing habits among consumers of political media, particularly selective exposure to media that confirms one’s existing outlook, serve only to accelerate the cycle of outrage and division.1 This pervasive and growing dynamic is essentially an information problem; as such, a timely and relevant education in information literacy should prepare students to reflect on this troublesome feature of our political communication.
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Lenker, M. N.
Indignation in Political Discourse Thoughts toward an Information Literacy Curriculum. In Andrea Patricia Baer; Ellysa Stern Cahoy; Robert Schroeder,
Chicargo, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries.