New research reveals 4. A record-high number of Americans think our country is divided — I count myself among them. Political divisiveness is so pervasive and ever-present that I find myself consistently searching for ideological bridges — topics that forge connections across ideology to build upon the things we have in common. TV can be a major force in bridging these divisions. We all consume content that amplifies our existing worldview, but there are also still some shows that can bring opposing people into the same space.
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As I often do with any kind of investigation, I begin by looking at semantic clues, finding key words and phrases and using my trustworthy Oxford English Dictionary , looking into definition, usage, and etymology. Here, even the mighty OED is sadly prosaic, the relevant entry saying only:. The common thread I identified through the inspirations for my reflections is an informality that brings with it a low standard of behavior.