Escaping the Echo Chamber: ‘No Easy Answers’ in Dealing with Misinformation and Polarization on Social Media

News consumers, particularly those on social media, tend to read, share and comment on articles that reinforce their opinions and beliefs, even if the content is not factually accurate. Scholars say these so-called “echo chambers” are leading to increased political polarization as well as misperceptions and disagreements on facts.

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Bringing Civility Back to Michigan: House Speaker Tom Leonard and Democratic Leader Sam Singh Practice Respect and Compromise to Bridge Party Lines

Politics is war without bloodshed — an aphorism popularized by China’s Mao Zedong — is often cited as a hopeful statement about the potential to resolve political differences without violence. Less often noted, however, is that its author followed up by saying that war is politics with bloodshed, and that the communist dictator was responsible for the violent deaths of millions of his own countrymen.

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From Adversaries to Allies: Lessons and Warnings from Michigan’s Brief Era of Bipartisan House Control 

Sharp words and stark differences are nothing new in American politics, but in recent years it seems like the anger’s amped up. There was a period when Michigan politicians were forced to adopt a cooperative spirit. Republicans and Democrats in the state House of Representatives had to give up their quest for dominance and work together on an equal footing.

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Respect: Forging Detroit’s Path Forward Together

During the past decade, Detroit suffered not only economic calamity, but was also derided for having one of the nation’s most dysfunctional city governments. A former mayor and council president were imprisoned and YouTube videos of screaming matches at City Hall went viral. That changed in late 2013 when Detroiters elected a new mayor, Mike Duggan, and a mostly new city council, with Brenda Jones emerging as council president. Following Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy, the Motor City’s new leadership forged a cooperative relationship.

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Adapting to Disruption: Fortune Magazine’s Geoff Colvin Assesses Michigan’s Leadership in the Technology Race

Geoff Colvin writes and speaks on matters related to the economy and American competitiveness with a laser-sharp focus rivaled by few. The Fortune magazine senior editor leverages his well-developed relationships with top influencers in business and government, providing keen observations for companies seeking a foothold in today’s competitive market.

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