Daily Beast's Kotkin: Internet Helps Make Americans More Tolerant

Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 08:18 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Americans need to increase their tolerance on many issues and the World Wide Web is helping the nation move toward that goal, says Joel Kotkin, a presidential fellow at Chapman University and columnist for The Daily Beast.

"There's an unfortunate streak in the American character — probably in part inherited from the Puritans — which is very, very judgmental and not particularly tolerant," Kotkin told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"But what we see in America … are now huge and powerful institutions where essentially only one point of view is accepted. Universities are generally that way, most of the media is that way.

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"[News Corp. chairman] Rupert Murdoch … he's not going to last forever [and] when he passes I'll bet you there's a very good chance that The Wall Street Journal will look just like the New York Times or the Financial Times. It will have the same kind of politics."

Kotkin, author of "The New Class Conflict," published by Telos Press Publishing, said the Internet creates "a kind of unanimity'' that allows for greater diversity.

"The problem is, are the institutions so far gone that they cannot be reformed or changed from within? Then, of course, the alternative is alternative institutions.

"People send their kids to colleges where – and I'll add Chapman to this – there is a diversity of viewpoints and we have very liberal people and pretty conservative people … people much more conservative than me and people much more liberal than me. And that's the way it should be."

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