My take is that the average American doesn’t participate in much of this. He’s more interested in his sports teams and his hobbies. He probably doesn’t even divide the people he knows by their political slant, and if you asked him about the political slant of somebody he knows, he’s likely to respond, “Never thought about it.”
I hope you’re right, but surveying my social circles, which are diverse and deep into both sides of the culture war, I don’t see a whole lot of people who’ve abandoned it. The few I know who have abandoned it have done so willfully, after a deep survey of the landscape. I would love to read something that surveys common Americans to determine how deeply they’re stuck in this culture war garbage.
We are saturated by media, and the media makes money by selling arms in the culture war. Not sure if you’ve read this one, but it was my first real deep dip into why:
You can effectively argue I don’t have a shred of mathematics behind what I say, and you’d be right.
Hey, I don’t either, and I’ll admit it up front. Everything I see is circumstantial, and everyone’s opinion is biased by their inputs, including me. It sure does seem like something worth research to me, though.