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Unformatted text preview: heard. Of course many people in such a large country will have different views, but democrats still sit next to republicans in classrooms and workplaces. In a sense, socialization (referring back to Schattschneider) may factor into perceived polarization in a big way. Parties encourage people to become involved and take a stand. The media tends to give more airtime to divisive issues in the hopes that more people will tune in. The elites are involved in political debate everyday the average American is not. As Schattschneider wrote, if you yell, fight! people come running. That does not always mean there is a true fight going on....
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- Fall '08
- American Politics