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  • furrious10990

    I think the "social media" like Facebook is pernicious. The fact that , on this very site, we are encouraged to use Facebook to sign in is a damning one. Media comes from the root word "mediate" and media functions as an intermediary between people. I think what Robert Putnam was noting was the disappearance of social settings in which people could share face to face contact. Social media is based both on efficiency and laziness-it is diminishing what many social philosophers call our "cultural capital".

  • Crystal Goh

    "Despite the internet, our connections to each other aren't as strong as they could and should be." This is somewhat exaggerated. I don't think you can make a generalisation as strong as this.

    As for a correlation between social bond and voting rate, it would be interesting to see data from other countries where indices of social coherence is high, and voting rate is also high.

    I feel that Good decisions may be made with a higher probability if good information is supplied. Instead of inviting the spouses of the presidential candidate to humanise the future presidents, a focus on providing good information may boost voter turnout.