Where do you find the silver lining amid all the election noise?

Anna Weggel
Public Insight Network

As Election Day inches closer, it’s getting increasingly difficult to avoid each other’s political opinions. On outlets like Facebook and Twitter, it only takes a few keystrokes and a click to make your opinions known.

A lot of people have told us about how differences of political opinion – especially those expressed on social networking sites – are tearing families, friendships, and even couples apart. So now we’re wondering: Where is the silver lining in all of this?

Is Facebook actually helping you express yourself in ways you wouldn’t feel comfortable doing in person? Have you learned something important from a Twitter post? Or are you so sick of election noise that you turn to social networks as a form of refuge?

>> Share your story: What’s the silver lining?

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Anna Weggel Analyst
Public Insight Network

Anna Weggel is a Public Insight Analyst, which means she spends her time crafting questions about upcoming story topics to send to sources in the Public Insight Network and then produces web, audio and video content featuring those sources.

Before finding her home at APM in 2008, Anna received her B.A. in journalism, was the editor in chief of The Minnesota Daily, and internship hopped through Mother Jones, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Pioneer Press, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, and the Downtown Journal. Anna's non-work life is held hostage by the stage -- where she performs improv comedy and shows with her lady bluegrass band.