The Twitter Electorate Isn’t the Real Electorate

https://amp.theatlantic.com/amp/article/604690/

The genuine fury from the left at people three inches closer to the political center reflects a turbocharged tribalism. Freud called this “the narcissism of small differences”; the legal scholar Cass Sunstein calls it “group polarization,” where“deliberation tends to move groups, and the individuals who compose them, toward a more extreme point.” In his 2019 book ConformitySunstein noted that “confident people are both more influential … and more prone to polarization.” One consequence of group polarization, he found, was that those who held a minority position, or had useful information that ran counter to the prevailing trend, stayed silent or were ignored. Their groups therefore made worse decisions.

The Twitter Electorate Isn’t the Real Electorate
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