polarization

noun
po·lar·i·za·tion | \ ˌpō-lə-rə-ˈzā-shən \

Definition of polarization 

1 : the action of polarizing or state of being or becoming polarized: such as

a(1) : the action or process of affecting radiation and especially light so that the vibrations of the wave assume a definite form

(2) : the state of radiation affected by this process

b : an increase in the resistance of an electrolytic cell often caused by the deposition of gas on one or both electrodes

c : magnetization

2a : division into two opposites

b : concentration about opposing extremes of groups or interests formerly ranged on a continuum

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The instant gratification and polarization that characterize social media are making people more impatient with traditional politics and compromise, according to academics. Marina Lopes, Washington Post, "WhatsApp is upending the role of unions in Brazil. Next, it may transform politics.," 11 June 2018 In the Western countries for which Facebook was designed, this leads to online arguments, angry identity politics and polarization. Amanda Taub And Max Fisher, New York Times, "Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match," 21 Apr. 2018 Their interests vary: One fellow is focused on lowering minority unemployment through digital skills training,and another works to address loneliness and polarization by connecting elders and youth. Lolly Bowean, chicagotribune.com, "Two Chicago civic innovators have been chosen to serve as Obama Fellows in the inaugural class," 16 Apr. 2018 So Russia’s goal was simple enough: Use social media and the internet to push those buttons as much as possible and create more anger and polarization. Sean Illing, Vox, "How Russia pioneered “fake news”," 5 Apr. 2018 So much American polarization is due to the fact that, for example, Alabama conservatives reject the notion that Nancy Pelosi should govern their lives, while California progressives have equal disdain for the likes of Ted Cruz. David French, National Review, "California’s Soft Secession Accelerates," 26 Jan. 2018 But this arrangement had always been profoundly irritating to the party in power, particularly given the political polarization of recent decades. CBS News, "Nuclear option: Why Trump's Supreme Court pick needs only 51 votes," 9 July 2018 Coupled with strong economic growth, Erdogan’s electoral strategy has managed to deeply entrench polarization in Turkey. Soner Cagaptay, Time, "Four Things to Watch in Turkey's Elections," 21 June 2018 Some state lawmakers want to address polarization in Harrisburg by changing state election law to allow for open primaries where voters unaffiliated with the two major parties can vote for nominees in either party. Ray Boyd, Philly.com, "Pa. lawmakers seek open primaries to combat polarization, Andrea Constand's first interview since Cosby conviction | Morning Newsletter," 1 June 2018

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1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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polarization

noun
po·lar·iza·tion
variants: also British polarisation \ˌpō-lə-rə-ˈzā-shən \

Medical Definition of polarization 

: the action of polarizing or state of being or becoming polarized: as

a(1) : the action or process of affecting radiation and especially light so that the vibrations of the wave assume a definite form

(2) : the state of radiation affected by this process

b : an increase in the resistance of an electrolytic cell caused by the deposition of gas on one or both electrodes

c : magnetization

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