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COMR 103: Speaking and Listening

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The Miseducation of Dylann Roof

Confirmation Bias

Even Facebook itself sees the segmentation of users along political lines on its site - and synchronizes it not only with the posts users see, but with the advertisements they’re shown.

Test it out yourself: Go to on your browser and click the “Lifestyle and Culture” tab under the “Interests” banner. You see the box titled “US Politics”? It’s followed with a parenthetical notation of your political alignment, from “Very Conservative” to “Very Liberal”.

Platforms – and traffic-hungry websites – have followed the behavioral lead of Facebook’s users. “News sources” – largely aggregators of video clips and interviews from other sites – that barely exist beyond the sharing economy of Facebook have arisen as major players in the site’s political news sphere.