Traditionally, the public square has been a central meeting place, a physical space where people gather together in community to share ideas, exchange products and services, and participate in civic activities.
In America, the public square has been an enduring symbol of freedom, democracy, and engaged citizenship.
In the modern era, the public square is no longer limited to a physical space. Technology has expanded its boundaries and made it accessible to more people than ever before. But technology also has created a more polarized public square.
It’s true that with the internet and social media, we are more connected. Yet, fewer citizens are inclined to participate in the public square because it has grown mean-spirited. Rude. Rancorous. The tenor of the public square has grown increasingly hostile, less encouraging, and more off-putting.
In a small, quiet way the Writing for the Public Square blog aims to recapture a more civil and inviting tone. The blog offers thoughtful observations and analysis of contemporary issues without the outrage. A platform for inspiration, reflection and encouragement.
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