02 January 2019

Understanding Academics Raging on Twitter

Ironically, the explanation comes from within academia in a report:

Hidden Tribes: A Study of America’s Polarized Landscape

The money quote about this study comes from a recent piece at National Review:
The views of one cluster on the left wing of the electorate are sharply differentiated from the rest of the survey pool. This group is christened “Progressive Activists” and described as “younger, highly engaged, secular, cosmopolitan, angry.” They make up 8 percent of the population and their demographics are predictable: disproportionately white, educated [sic], and wealthy. They are more than twice as likely as other Americans to report that politics is a “hobby.”
In other words, they're out of touch, privileged, virtue-signalling elites. But I don't see those folks viewing politics as a "hobby." Rather, by reading their twitter feeds/posts you will quickly come to the conclusion that politics is, for them, an obsession bordering on a religion. 

And this . . .
Their views cut sharply against the grain of popular consensus. Seventy-eight percent of Americans describe themselves as “proud to be an American,” whereas 69 percent of Progressive Activists report that they are “ashamed to be an American.” Seventy-three percent of Americans value the American Dream, but only 44 percent of Progressive Activists do. Eighty percent of Americans agree that political correctness is a problem, a view that only 30 percent of Progressive Activists hold.
These facts explain so much of what you read on Twitter, hear on CNN and read in the WAPO, NYT and see coming out of our colleges and universities.

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