Re: "we don't need analysis, spin or opinion on the news."
I cannot but add one more upvote on that post, sir!
We need to have a coffee or three together, on a bench in a quiet park off a busy city street sometime.
"That in turn leads to 99% of the population having their opinions gradually polarized further and further because they never see a piece of information which deviates from their chosen position.
This. Ten *million* times this. Loudly.
The last 40 years have been about preventing the events of the mid 60's from ever happening again - having large portions of the population working together in massive numbers. Numbers that dwarf the authoritarian militias available to put down the complaint.
"The endgame on this is clear - we will be on each other's throats. Not a question of if, but a question of when"
We are *already* there. NOW. To whit, events in Virginia w/r/t "Tiki Torches". This was almost a perfect model for what is expected of the population now. It just (in the final form) will need more violence on BOTH sides. There have been a dozen such events in north eastern India in the last 4 years, utterly not reported to the western world, Myanmar (Burma), Malaysia, Philippines.
I rather suspect that with the digital world invading deeper and deeper into third world, fourth world territories there will be more "villages" slaughtering other "villages" over polarized views all over the world.
The more polarized and divided the population the less the golden children of the upper echelon need to worry about their own necks. Everyone thought that series of books was fiction, but it is what is already, painted in true colours. We will be playing the hunger games soon enough.