1. You learned about the ambiguities of public opinion. What fact(s) stood out to you most? In which ways do decline of trust in government and media exacerbate the problem of ambiguity?
2a. What have been trends in U.S. public opinion, and what are the explanations for these trend? Do you feel these trends describe your own opinions on political issues and/or government, and/or your experience when discussing politics with others?
2b. Why can it be said that the structure of the media market* and the digital media pose threats to democracy? And, if you like to share, do you have any thoughts on what could be done to counteract the increasing polarization of public opinion?
*Please see lecture to understand what is meant by “the structure of the media market”