Outrage BONUS – Is This Podcast Part of the Problem or the Solution? – Shannon McGregor

Are “both sides” truly equal in America’s political landscape? In this episode we take a critical look at the “polarization obscures the problem” argument, offering a nuanced perspective that challenges simplistic narratives.

It isn’t about finding the middle ground. We peel back the layers of the “polarization problem” and ask some crucial questions:

  • Is the polarization narrative actually obscuring the real issues?
  • Can we hold strong beliefs without falling into the outrage trap?
  • What role can civil discourse play in this hyper-charged environment?

Join us on this critical journey. Listen to the episode and be part of the solution. Let’s break free from the echo chambers and ignite a new kind of political conversation. One fueled by curiosity, not outrage. One that seeks understanding, not division. One that builds a more hopeful future for our democracy.

Shannon McGregor is an associate professor at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, and a principal investigator with the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life — both at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Her work has been published in the Journal of Communication, New Media & Society, Political Communication, Journalism, and Information, Communication & Society, and I co-edited a book (with Dr. Talia Stroud), Digital Discussions: How Big Data Informs Political Communication.


Shannon C. McGregor (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

A review and provocation: On polarization and platforms (Sage Volume 26, Issue 1)

“Polarization” Is Not the Problem. It Obscures the Problem (Is This Democracy podcast)

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