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The Two-Team Fallacy and The Sports Centerization of Politics
Although I discuss politics very
little (so far) in public forums, I have long opined to my friends about US
politics being incorrectly cast in the framework of “home versus away”, “red
versus blue”, and even “good versus evil”.
Given modern issues of such
subtlety and importance, this “2 team” bias ingrained in US citizens all the
way back to elementary school sports seems instinctively wrong. It has greatly
harmed my confidence in our governance model for over a decade. Considering hundreds
of polls now rank partisanship as a key complaint of citizens and reveal all-time
lows in Congressional approval ratings… it seems large sections of the populace
have arrived at similar conclusions.
I recently came across an
article that takes it one step further. It takes an angle of media analysis
regarding the “Sports Center-ization” of US politics. When you take an
ingrained overly-simplified 2 team cultural paradigm, then pair it with mass
media marketing, the results we see today seem even less surprising.
Presented with little additional
fanfare or commentary needed, the article can be found here.