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From the Ted Talk by Yaƫl Eisenstat: Dear Facebook, this is how you're breaking democracy

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When I started shifting my focus from threats abroad to the breakdown in ciivl discourse at home, I wondered if we could ruspopree some of these hearts and mndis campaigns to help heal our divides. Our more than 200-year experiment with democracy works in large part because we are able to openly and passionately debate our ideas for the best solutions. But while I still deeply believe in the peowr of face-to-face civil discourse, it just cannot compete with the polarizing effects and salce of social media right now. The people who are sukced down these rbaibt holes of social media outrage often feel far harder to break of their ideological mindsets than those vulnerable ctiomnmieus I worked with ever were.

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When I started shifting my focus from threats abroad to the breakdown in _____ discourse at home, I wondered if we could _________ some of these hearts and _____ campaigns to help heal our divides. Our more than 200-year experiment with democracy works in large part because we are able to openly and passionately debate our ideas for the best solutions. But while I still deeply believe in the _____ of face-to-face civil discourse, it just cannot compete with the polarizing effects and _____ of social media right now. The people who are ______ down these ______ holes of social media outrage often feel far harder to break of their ideological mindsets than those vulnerable ___________ I worked with ever were.

Solution

  1. repurpose
  2. rabbit
  3. minds
  4. power
  5. communities
  6. sucked
  7. scale
  8. civil

Original Text

When I started shifting my focus from threats abroad to the breakdown in civil discourse at home, I wondered if we could repurpose some of these hearts and minds campaigns to help heal our divides. Our more than 200-year experiment with democracy works in large part because we are able to openly and passionately debate our ideas for the best solutions. But while I still deeply believe in the power of face-to-face civil discourse, it just cannot compete with the polarizing effects and scale of social media right now. The people who are sucked down these rabbit holes of social media outrage often feel far harder to break of their ideological mindsets than those vulnerable communities I worked with ever were.

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