Welcome to a more politically polarized US
Over the past decades, the US has become more polarized politically, with more representatives voting along party lines, ideology more aligned with party, party more aligned with certain demographic groups, and more geographic differentiation.
Gregory F Treverton writes,
Sources:RAND, Oct 2010, page 6: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/RAND_Oct2010.pdf
Keith T. Poole and Howard Rosenthal, Ideology & Congress, (New Brunswick, Conn.: Transaction Publishers, 2007); Keith T. Poole, Spatial Model of Parliamentary Voting, (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005).
Thomson, James A., 2010. A House Divided: Polarization and Its Effect on RAND, (Santa Monica.: RAND Corporation, 2010). Available at http://www.rand.org/pubs/occasional_papers/2010/RAND_OP291.pdf
Bill Bishop, Robert G. Cushing, The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart, (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008).
Censorship strategies exacerbate political polarization
Digital politics has been instrumental in opening political debate to new groups and creating space for more diverse views and perspectives; however, it’s also helping polarize political discourse, especially when heavy censorship strategies prevent meaningful political debate. For example, in Thailand, Shinawatra’s strategy of media control and intimidation helped fracture media messaging into ‘pro-Thaksin’ and ‘anti-Thaksin’ camps, which led to a kind of media-messaging land-grab in subsequent political activity.
Prof Ubonrat Siriyuvasak writes,
Sources:Noviscape, Sept 2010, page 7, 8: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/Noviscape_Sept2010#=page7
Asia Media Report: A Crisis Within. Bangkok: Inter-Press Service
Campaign for Popular Media Reform (2010) Seminar on “Banning
community radio under the Emergency Decree”, 14 July 2010.
Kularb, P. (2007) “Communicating to the mass on cyberspace:
Freedom of expression and content regulation on the Internet”
in Chavarong Limpattamapanee and Srnaud Leveau (eds)
State and Media in Thailand During Political Transition, Bangkok:
McCargo, D. (2009) “Thai politics as reality TV”, Journal of
Asian Studies. 68:1, February 2009, pp. 7–19.
Mukdawijitra, Y. (2010) Seminar on “Change in rural areas,
change in political constituents”, Journalist Association of
Thailand, 18 July 2010.