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Seize the Moment Podcast

Nov 5, 2023

On episode 191, we welcome Dannagal Young to discuss our susceptibility to misinformation, how she fell for and later abandoned conspiracy theories, the hidden incentives behind the media’s extreme partisanship, Covid as an indicator that most people form their beliefs based on their tribes, the clout chasing behind the extreme stances in the Israel/Palestine conflict, the types of misinformation various political groups are susceptible to, why conspiracy theorists are “losers,” the necessary harmony between rational and intuitive reasoning, how the US political parties became polarized, and utilizing local politics to begin cultivating a collaborative mindset.

Dannagal Goldthwaite Young is a professor of communication and political science at the University of Delaware. She is an award-winning scholar and teacher, a TED speaker, an improvisational comedian, and the author of Irony and Outrage: The Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter in the United States. Her newest book, available now, is called Wrong: How Media, Politics, and Identity Drive Our Appetite for Misinformation.

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