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Our Precarious Democracy Extreme Polarization and Alienation in Our Politics

“As Independence Day approaches, more than one in four Americans are so alienated from their government that they believe it may “soon be necessary to take up arms” against it, according to a new poll released Thursday by the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP). That startling finding, which comes in the midst of congressional hearings into the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, was just one of several reflections of the dangerous level of estrangement many Americans feel from each other and our democratic institutions. The survey of 1,000 registered voters, conducted last month by Republican pollster Neil Newhouse and Democratic pollster Joel Benenson with input from students at the IOP, was designed to probe polarization and its relationship to the news sources upon which Americans rely in a fractionated media environment. The portrait that it paints reveals not only the growing divides we have witnessed in recent years but strong sentiments that the majority of media outlets contribute to these divisions by intentionally misleading their audiences to promote a political point of view..

About three-quarters (73 percent) of voters who identify themselves as Republican agree that “Democrats are generally bullies who want to impose their political beliefs on those who disagree.” An almost identical percentage of Democrats (74 percent) express that view of Republicans. A similarly lopsided majority of each party holds that members of the other are “generally untruthful and are pushing disinformation…Fully half say they have friends or relatives “who have changed because of the media they consume.” And in today’s media environment, where Americans can choose from a plethora of sources for news and information, a majority of Americans (50 percent) believe that when they have political differences, it is less caused by “honest disagreement” than that those who disagree are “misinformed because of where they get their information.”…

The pandemic is still casting a shadow over teamwork. But not in the ways you might expect.

Atlassian – The Unusual Suspects: “The latest round of Atlassian’s ongoing research into the current state of team health revealed a few surprises. Four of them, in fact. Whereas we expected to see a shift toward normalcy, instead we uncovered problems rooted in the pandemic that have only now begun to surface. Each of these… Continue Reading

Twitter is the go-to social media site for U.S. journalists, but not for the public

“More than nine-in-ten journalists in the United States (94%) use social media for their jobs, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey of reporters, editors and others working in the news industry. But the sites that journalists use most frequently differ from those that the public turns to for news. Among journalists, Twitter clearly… Continue Reading

Doing Law School Wrong: Case Teaching and an Integrated Legal Practice Method

Marsden, Gregory and Atienza, Soledad, Doing Law School Wrong: Case Teaching and an Integrated Legal Practice Method (June 22, 2022). Gregory J. Marsden & Soledad Atienza, Doing Law School Wrong: Case Teaching and an Integrated Legal Practice Method, 66 St. Louis U. L.J. (2022). , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4143839 “Since its inception, the Langdellian case… Continue Reading

HHS – Know Your Rights: Reproductive Health Care

This is a new website via Health and Human Services – ReproductiveRights.gov: “Reproductive health care, including access to birth control and safe and legal abortion care, is an essential part of your health and well-being. While Roe v. Wade was overturned, abortion remains legal in many states, and other reproductive health care services remain protected… Continue Reading

How to keep your data from brokers and marketers

Fast Company: “It’s no secret that private intel companies compile vast dossiers on us. But the extent is breathtaking. Here’s how it works—and what you can do about it. We’ve seen a stream of revelations about data brokers in recent months, and though the stories vary, the takeaway is consistent: Our privacy has never been… Continue Reading

92 million US workers now have the opportunity to work remotely

The Verge: “58 percent of US workers now have the option to work where they want at least one day a week, while 35 percent can work remotely up to five days a week, according to a new survey conducted by management consulting company McKinsey. The report concludes that flexible work arrangements implemented in response… Continue Reading

Just 4% Of Employers Are Making Everyone Return To The Office Full-Time

Forbes: “…A new survey of human resources leaders from the Conference Board, a nonprofit business research group, finds that just 4% said they are requiring all employees to return to the workplace full-time. And less than half (45%) said they were requiring some workers to return to the office five days a week. “We were… Continue Reading