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Polarization July 11, 2008

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J.J. Disini said that polarization of views will only make traditional media more relevant. With the Internet allowing individuals to seek out only points of view that mirror their own, the importance of traditional media, which carry a broad range of views, becomes highlighted. This echoes the welcome remarks of Dr. Violet Valdez, who said that “narrowly-focused public spheres may threaten common public spheres.”

To some degree, however, I feel that polarization has also become a way to counter the hegemonizing characteristic of traditional media. If we acknowledge that traditional media are owned by the rich, and thus protect the interests of the rich, narrowly-focused public spheres such as what the Internet makes available are just as effective in giving marginalized voices space as alternative media.

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