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Megan McArdle

Your Assessment of the Election Is Way Off

But it's not your fault. Social media only make us think we're informed.
Don't tap Twitter for "fair and balanced."

Don't tap Twitter for "fair and balanced."

Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Call it “the big sort” or “demographic clusters” or whatever you like, it all comes down to the same thing: Even as Americans talk more and more about diversity, they are increasingly dividing themselves into like-minded bubbles where other people, with other experiences and viewpoints, almost never penetrate. This is the message of books by Charles Murray and Robert Frank, and indeed of our own social media feeds.

All of those articles on “how to talk to your family about politics this Thanksgiving” might as well be called “how to discuss politics on the one day a year when you find yourself in a group that has not been hand-curated to remove dissenting viewpoints."