November 1, 2004

SimplerIT: Don't let ' Web of partisanship' affect your shop the way it does the news-reading public

Author: Peter Burris

"Technology ... is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other."--C.P. Snow, New York Times, 15 March 1971.

Jon Stewart's recent visit to CNN's "Crossfire" to admonish the two hosts for fueling partisan quackery has struck a chord for two reasons. First, the guy is just funny. I'm sure that he could fall asleep at a party and get more laughs than most of us, certainly me. Second, his point seems valid. Political discourse seems more strident, more polarized, and more irreconcilable than ever before -- and it's got a lot of people worried.

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