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  • Most Americans remain center-left/center-right socially, culturally, and politically with moderates outnumbering extremists in both major parties. Meanwhile, we work among people with whom we disagree day after day without conflict. Neighbors get along fine no matter their social or political beliefs. Family is still family and dissenters are still tolerated at Sunday dinner.

  • And yet, the electronic portrayal of our situation is grim and apocalyptic. The money-making Internet players reward extremism and obfuscate or ignore content lacking the click triggers that enrich them or get them votes. Television coverage of people getting together over potluck to work through their differences puts less money in the bank than closeups of a couple dozen rioters with soundbites and camera-ready signs.