In a 1995 essay Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital Robert Putnam expressed a concern about declining involvement in the kind of activities that fostered in-person social engagement with other members of one's community. He hypothesized that without the bonds formed from such interactions and without the information about one's own community and the needs of fellows citizen both the communities and democracy itself would suffer.
Do you agree with Putnam's general thesis and, if so, which civic and social activities do you think are most important for the health of communities and countries?
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