Streaming television may actually facilitate important forms of human interaction, like participating in politics.
The scientific community enjoys one of the highest levels of trust among American institutions. But engaging in the political arena during a contentious election season comes with dangers.
Many voters feel completely powerless in the election process and their engagement with democracy; they talk in terms of 'us' and 'them' and of not being respected by those in power.
It should be of concern to politicians that so much discontent is apparent at a time of relative affluence.