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The Tribalization of Opinion

Opinions by nature are open-ended beliefs. They can be debated.

When there’s two sides to the debate, people are always looking to justify their opinions.

The New York Times and MSNBC provide liberals evidence to make their case while The Wall Street Journal and Fox News give the Republicans their own view points.

Blogs, Twitter, and Facebook give people yet another outlet to feed their political bias. And it’s more content than they can handle.

But media consumption should be well rounded.

Bias or neutral, it’s still incredibly valuable and useful to consume media from both sides.

As we head into the 2012 Presidential Election, I encourage you to subscribe to the other party news this year. You’ll find ways to balance your views and make your own, or reconfirm your party’s true convictions.

The Internet carved up the overflow of content into niches. Republican and Democrat may be the two biggest niches today. Vote for one but be open to the opportunity to learn from the other side.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of Discvr.blog and four books.