[FoRK] Is Balkanization really a problem?

Albert S. <albert.scherbinsky at rogers.com> on Sun May 27 10:33:39 PDT 2007

I agree that Balkanization is happening. But I'm not
so sure that it is a problem. The opposite of
Balkanization is blind allegiance to one political
movement or another. That smaller groups or even
individuals should think for themselves and have
differing opinions on specific issues seems healthy to


--- Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:

> He's[Al Gore] missing the bigger problem. The radio,
> particularly the Internet, threaten the quality of
> public discourse  
> in this country even more than television;  radio
> --- that dying  
> medium --- has shaped the last two decades of
> politics in a profound  
> yet grotesque way;  it has the *appearance* of being
> real  
> "discourse."  People call in, debate various points,
> etc.  Yet it  
> allows extreme specialization and balkanization; 
> the people that  
> hang out on talk radio (believe they) live in a
> *different reality*  
> than the rest of us.  Seriously.  And the Internet,
> of course,  
> enabled even greater balkanization of the space of
> ideas.
> Interesting book so far.  More later.

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