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Introduction

  • Oldrich BubakEmail author
  • Henry Jacek
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Abstract

Social and political change has historically come on the heels of major milestones marking the broadening of popular access to information. The age of information has exposed the limits to these trends, however. An uncommon starting point in the study of the contemporary condition is daily discourse, revealing, as is observed, a fundamental lapse inhibiting our collective ability to understand, discuss, and address the increasingly complex challenges of the present day. This is identified as trivialization, a style of discourse dominated by confident, easy to manage claims, intuitions, and other more or less familiar shortcuts, rather than by evidence, reason, and humility—leaving little room for nuance and hence debate. How do we understand better this lapse so that we can seek improvement?

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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