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  • v. Alternative capitalization of Balkanize

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  • v. to divide a territory into small, hostile states.

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  • v. divide a territory into small, hostile states

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  • also used (negatively) to describe fragmentation of interests/priorities, etc. that used to be shared:
    "Because the politically attentive tend to seek out information consistent with their existing views, Sunstein argued, the Internet threatens to balkanize political attention and discourse."
    http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/1/0/6/9/3/p106938_index.html

    the above usage seems to be spelled "bulkanize" frequently... not sure if it's just an innocent, random misspelling.

    March 6, 2010