Tim O'Reilly, David Brooks, Esther Dyson, Malcolm Gladwell, Moby, Mark Dery and Clay Shirky recently sat down with Time Magazine for a roundtable discussion on how current trends in technology, politics and religion will influence the future. Here's my favorite part:
IS THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE READY FOR CHANGE?
BROOKS: In the United States, we've seen the intense power of partisanship. I think it may have crested, but we're left with this intense polarization--think Red Sox vs. Yankees--where team spirit supplants philosophy. I really don't know what a conservative or liberal is. But I do know what a Republican or Democrat is. Still, I think this phase of intense polarization is ebbing. If you look at the polls over the past year, you see people flaking off from the Republican side--not going over to the Democratic side but being dislodged and just sitting there in the middle.