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The Roundtable: Amusing Ourselves to Death?

Is entertainment a barrier to political engagement, or a complement to social action?

In this week's Roundtable Roundup, a panel of commentators from across the political spectrum discuss the Inflation Reduction Act, partisan politics, and mainstream media in the U.S. 

In this segment, the group talks about entertainment, social action, and information. At the center of the conversation is the tension between the role of socially beneficial media, and the dangers of over-saturation by media that merely perform a distracting function. 

"When I say that we're over-entertained and under-informed, in no way do I mean to suggest that we should not [sometimes] just have fun," says Sharon Kyle.  

"But we cannot inform simply by using entertainment or Twitter," she says, citing the example of the fall of the Soviet Union. 

"You really have to dig deep to understand complex economic systems."

Watch the full discussion below:

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Roundtable Guests:

Sharon Kyle, Co-Founder, LA Progressive

Niko House, Host, MCSC Network

Alex Mascioli, Co-Founder, Trade the Chain

Xavier Hawk, Founder, Phireon