It’s that time of year when people in many parts of the world are celebrating the holiday season. Social calendars are full and gatherings with family, friends, and loved ones are in full swing. For those of us who find ourselves in this flurry of social activity, what might the study of political communication have to offer?
It is a truism that we are not to talk religion or politics at the dinner table or gatherings of close-knit family and friends. Findings from the study of political communication back this up. As Diana Mutz (2006) poignantly discloses in her award-winning book entitled Hearing the Other Side: Deliberative versus Participatory Democracy,