If you read one thing today, read this column about how we tend to only pay attention to the news and commentary that fits our own ideologies. Even our Twitter feeds are curated such that we generally see only the people who agree with us. The resultant us-versus-them mentality that has, at the moment, paralyzed our federal government. We're our own victims.
"More often than not, when we tune in to cable or fire up the Web, we are staring into the mirror, not looking out a window. If we did look out a window, we’d see government officials talking past and around one another as they all fall down a flight of stairs, perhaps a perfect reflection of the people they represent."http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/12/business/media/when-our-news-is-gerrymandered-too.html#ReadWithMatt