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Trivialization and Public Opinion: Slogans, Substance, and Styles of Thought in the Age of Complexity

New book by Oldrich Bubak, PhD Candidate, and Henry Jacek, Professor Emeritus, takes on the contemporary state of mind

Jun 10, 2019

Political Scientists Oldrich Bubak (PhD Candidate) and Henry Jacek (Professor Emeritus) have published a transdisciplinary book on public discourse entitled Trivialization and Public Opinion.

The book looks at key barriers to social and political advancement in the information age. Public discourse is filled with confident, easy to manage claims, intuitions, and other shortcuts. One of these is trivialization, the trend to distill multifaceted dilemmas to binary choices, neglect the big picture, gloss over alternatives, or filter reality through a lens of convenience. This leaves little room for nuance and debate.

Focusing primarily on industrialized democracies, Bubak and Jacek take their readers on a transdisciplinary journey into the world of trivialization, with a focus on the role of technology. Can we do better? They argue there is reason for optimism and explore new avenues for progress.

McMaster students and faculty can access the full-text through the library’s subscription to Springer: Trivialization and Public Opinion.