Posts by Adolf Gundersen

How Civil Discussion Contributes to a “Better Democracy”*

How Civil Discussion Contributes to a “Better Democracy”*

Our website’s home page proclaims that USATalk is all about “civil discussion for a better democracy.”  Just what do we...

How Incivility Harms Us as Individual Citizens*

How Incivility Harms Us as Individual Citizens*

  Incivility is distasteful, sometimes disgusting, and occasionally downright offensive, but does it do real harm?  —More than you might...

Key Dimensions of Civil Discussion Inseparably Linked

In my last post I gave a capsule description of USATalk’s understanding of “civil discussion.”  I now want to add...

What Is “Civil Discussion,” Anyway?

What Is “Civil Discussion,” Anyway?

Civil discussion is at the core of USATalk’s vision and mission.  So it’s more than fair to ask what we...

Academic Study Shows Cable Bias and Effect on Presidential Voters

Academic Study Shows Cable Bias and Effect on Presidential Voters

A study published this September in The American Economic Review suggests that those worried about the polarizing effects—and power—of cable...

Key Lessons from USATalk’s First Successful Project

  In USATalk’s first real-world pilot project, likely member organizations Ballotpedia and Interactivity Foundation (IF) collaborated on a fall 2017...

The Wisdom of the People

Americans didn’t invent the idea of the “wisdom of the people”. More than two thousand years ago Aristotle drew attention...