In an effort to stay connected with our readers and share a variety of our original content, we hope you enjoy the latest edition of The Fulcrum’s Pop Culture Friday newsletter. The new weekly newsletter shares a recent item from The Fulcrum's coverage of the intersection of pop culture, democracy, and bipartisanship, as well as our regular Ask Joe column or Your Take feature, where we share our readers’ opinions on various trending topics and news items.
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In our highly polarized society, many individuals on all points of the political spectrum feel the opposing side is in the wrong – wrong about policy issues, wrong character issues, wrong about everything. This feeling could stem from opposing arguments, a difference in ideology or headlines that point to a certain politician’s alleged wrongdoing.
While politicians repeatedly point to “corruption” by the other side in order to win political fights, such claims regularly impact the dialogue among everyday Americans. Whether it be Hillary Clinton’s emails or Donald Trump keeping classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, individuals love to point fingers at the other side while simultaneously overlooking or defending their own.
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As the political landscape becomes even more divisive and splits within parties create deeper tension, trying to have a conversation about ideas and policies with family, friends and coworkers is often just avoided.
Co-publisher of The Fulcrum and co-founder and CEO of the Bridge Alliance Debilyn Molineaux recently joined Fox45 TV for a segment to share that it does not have to be this way. Molineaux explained that it's sad that people can't come to constructive disagreements in bridging divides. When talking about social media and filtering what we may like and don't like, she also says that it prevents you from getting different perspectives and leads to many problems online with people who may not want to be friends with you anymore.
The Fulcrum is looking for new voices
Do you believe you can represent a constituency whose voice may often go unheard in America? In an ongoing effort to share ideas, criticisms and other opinions about efforts to fix democracy and reduce polarization, The Fulcrum is recruiting new writing across partisan, racial, geographic, age and gender spectrums. If you are interested in becoming a contributor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.