Threats to Civil Discourse Online

Mon, 2017-06-26

It feels like the quality of discourse in the United States, and many other countries, gets worse every single day. Especially political discourse. But in online community settings, it is possible to identify the the threads to civil discourse and neutralize them.
The National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) gives tools and tactics to elected officials, the media and the public, in an effort to help everyone engage in a more civil way. NICD director of social media Tracey Todd joins the show to discuss a series of common threats to civil discourse, and how we might approach them. Plus:

  • The impact of Donald Trump on discourse
  • Has civility become a buzzword used by those who aren’t actually civil?
  • Where Tracey finds optimism in discourse right now