Michael Phillips: As Election Day approaches, our home screens are sending wildly mixed messages about democracy in action

CHICAGO — Here’s how the Oxford English Dictionary defines the word “politics”: “The activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.”We’re in it, all right, neck-deep and gasping. Less than two weeks before our quadrennial democratic experiment in terror, division, heartbreak and the art of the possible, our home screens are sending wildly mixed messages about democracy in action — how it was, how it is, how it should be and how we might save America from itself.For every lef…

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