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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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course POLS 201 taught by Professor Griffin during the Fall '08 term at Notre Dame.
- Fall '08
- American Politics