The Balkanization of the Media

Many of you might not remember the country of Yugoslavia, but Yugoslavia was a country in the Balkan region of Europe that was broken up into eight entities following the Bosnian War in the early 1990s.

Flash forward to 2016 and the same thing has happened – but this time Yugoslavia is our media. Back in the 1960s, most people got their news from print newspapers or the big 3 tv news networks (ABC, NBC, CBS). This news content was curated, fact checked, and provided a baseline of facts for everyone to agree on. Today, we now have thousands of media sources where we get our news from (Internet, Cable News, Facebook etc). Many of these news sources are partisan, misleading, and not fact checked – all things that undermine the foundation for political discourse.

President Obama talks about this problem in this Washington Post article.

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