Thomas Jefferson once said, "The cornerstone of democracy rests on the foundation of an educated electorate." Part of being an educated citizen includes exposing yourself to ideas you disagree with, since they give you the chance to change your mind, or at least understand the other side. But in a world where everyone gets their news and information from an internet that's becoming more and more personalized, there's a fear that we're seeing fewer things we disagree with. That digital echo chamber has been dubbed the "filter bubble" by internet activist Eli Pariser. But how strong is the filter bubble, really? Are computer algorithms really to blame for political polarization?
The Social Media Echo Chamber
Suraj Patel explains how most people use Twitter to reinforce their beliefs.
How Morals Influence Your Political Leanings
Experimental social psychologist Peter Ditto explains how moral foundation theory can predict your political ideology.
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Key Facts In This Video
The five pillars of morality are: 00:33
Liberals focus on harm and fairness when deciding if something is morally acceptable. 01:08
Libertarians show lower empathy than both liberals and conservatives. 02:28