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If you want to get to know Joe Biden, no other book does a better job than Richard Ben Cramer's What It Takes.
Cramer tries to answer the question of what it takes to run for president. He does so by diving into the candidates' minds in the 1988 race. Following them on the trail, talking to them and trying to get to know them.
So what does the 1988 race got to do with Joe Biden? Well, that is when he ran for president the first time.
Cramer concludes that you got to be extreme in some way. It doesn't have to be the same extreme, but something. And Biden running for president for 32 years before succeeding shows how right Cramer was.
Interesting interview with Ezra Klein about his new book Why we're polarized.
Q: "When I started, I expected to find a chapter on filter bubbles and Facebook. Or about how Twitter pushes political conversations to extremes. ... Explain your general thesis and why the social platforms play a relatively small role in it."
A: "The core story of the book is that over the past 50 years, the country’s dominant political coalitions have sorted by ideology, race, religion, geography, psychology, consumer behavior, and cultural preferences. This has, in turn, kicked off a series of feedback loops in which political institutions (the media, Congress) and actors (candidates, individual journalists) adopt more polarized strategies to both respond and appeal to a more polarized audience, which further polarizes the audience, which further polarizes the institutions, which further polarizes the audience, and so on.
Social media is one of those institutions, and in my view, is clearly a polarization accelerant. In the coming years it may prove a primary driver. But the bulk of the run-up in American party polarization predates social media, which means social media isn’t core to the story."
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🗄️ From the archive
Journalism is one of the most important things we have in society.
But news media is unbalanced and report much more negative news than positive, which gives us a distorted and pessimistic view of the world.
🤪 And now for something completly different
Comparing apples and oranges.