Is political speach really more out of hand and partisan in our time?

There is a lot of evidence that over the top political discourse has been a part of American politics from the very beginning.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/17/a-brief-history-of-wingnuts-in-america-from-george-washington-to-woodstock.html
Is it that we just hear every bit of it because of our burgeoning information media?

There is a lot of evidence that over the top political discourse has been a part of American politics from the very beginning. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/17/a-brief-history-of-wingnuts-in-america-from-george-washington-to-woodstock.html Is it that we just hear every bit of it because of our burgeoning information media?
That's part of it, but not the whole story. It's been going on since George Washington and newspapers with news a week or two old and word of mouth were the only ways to get information. The same things were happening then except that now the information is instantaneous. Of course, there are other factors, too, such as transportation and weapons. Lois