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It's time to admit it: when we argue online, we’re not actually trying to persuade anyone. We’re not even trying to ‘win’ a debate. We’re trying to “dunk” on our rivals, “own” our political enemies. We’re just performing for our followers, who are usually people who share our politics, our attitudes, and our biases.That kind of discourse might be entertaining, but it doesn’t get us anywhere. We don’t learn from each other or about each other. We don’t sharpen the arguments we make for our favored policies. All we do is widen the divisions of our politics. We harden our alliances with people like ourselves, while increasing our contempt for people who think differently. We feel even more certain of our own opinions, while becoming even blinder to their shortcomings. It’s an unhealthy, dysfunctional way to approach our disagreements with others. It’s profoundly harmful to our democracy.On this podcast, we aspire to be the opposite of “extremely online.” What does that mean? It means we want to bring people from warring political tribes together to have substantive, respectful conversations about both their common ground and their differences — the opposite, in other words, of a Twitter flame war.Extremely Offline is our small contribution to combating political polarization in America. On this show, we’ll bring together people from the populist left and the identity-based left, the center left and the far right, paleoconservatives and socialists, and every other permutation we can think of. We’ll have far-ranging discussions that do not elide our political differences but that are rooted in mutual respect.

Extremely Offline Zaid Jilani and Leighton Woodhouse

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3, 67 Ratings

It's time to admit it: when we argue online, we’re not actually trying to persuade anyone. We’re not even trying to ‘win’ a debate. We’re trying to “dunk” on our rivals, “own” our political enemies. We’re just performing for our followers, who are usually people who share our politics, our attitudes, and our biases.That kind of discourse might be entertaining, but it doesn’t get us anywhere. We don’t learn from each other or about each other. We don’t sharpen the arguments we make for our favored policies. All we do is widen the divisions of our politics. We harden our alliances with people like ourselves, while increasing our contempt for people who think differently. We feel even more certain of our own opinions, while becoming even blinder to their shortcomings. It’s an unhealthy, dysfunctional way to approach our disagreements with others. It’s profoundly harmful to our democracy.On this podcast, we aspire to be the opposite of “extremely online.” What does that mean? It means we want to bring people from warring political tribes together to have substantive, respectful conversations about both their common ground and their differences — the opposite, in other words, of a Twitter flame war.Extremely Offline is our small contribution to combating political polarization in America. On this show, we’ll bring together people from the populist left and the identity-based left, the center left and the far right, paleoconservatives and socialists, and every other permutation we can think of. We’ll have far-ranging discussions that do not elide our political differences but that are rooted in mutual respect.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

apk420 ,

Excited to see where this goes BUT...

Holy cow this needs to be louder. I have it at top volume and can still barely hear what the people are saying (especially Jon Chait although maybe I’m lucky in that regard). I checked against other podcasts and all the others sound fine at this volume so I think it’s the podcast that needs to be louder. I’m enjoying what I’m hearing, I just want to hear it better!

RReilly7897 ,

Watered down IDW style podcast

Unfortunately this is just another IDW inspired “all viewpoints are welcome” podcast attempting to capitalize on the manufactured free speech/viewpoint diversity “crisis.” This is best illustrated in the episode on so called cancel culture. One guest presented evidence of the political right engaging in cancel culture activities in the 1950’s. The host responded by saying that he will continue to make the claim that cancel culture was invented by the political left and that the right is simply following suit!

Ultimately we have to ask if another Dave Rubin type of podcast is necessary or even wanted? How much more of an audience is out there for a podcast that ultimately lays the blame for all of society’s problems on the left? If that market audience hasn’t been tapped out this podcast should be relatively successful

Glowend ,

So far they are delivering on the promise

I am very tired of tribalistic warfare online instead of reasonable discuouse. In the episodes I've listened to so far, the guests and hosts have differing views, but they seem to have a fair undestanding of the other guests views and are willing to admit when another guest makes a fair point. This is much more informative than the online screaming matches, trolling a virtue signalling that dominate modern discourse

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