You are going to begin exploring the idea of "we" by seeing where you fall in terms of political beliefs. Take this short quiz. Be sure to ask me if you don't understand any of the questions. I can pretty much guarantee that everyone at your table will be slightly different in his or her opinions.
Next, spend some time looking at this infographic. Think about your quiz results about political ideology. You were identified as either a Democrat or a Republican. Do the items on the corresponding side of the picture match your beliefs? Are there any things that the infographic says you *should* believe but you don't? Are there any things on the *other* side of the infographic that you believe?
The following series of articles go into detail about the differences between democrats and republicans. Read them carefully.
Democrats vs Republicans in a side by side comparison
This article lets you look at how people who identify as Democrat or Republican think about life outside of political decisions. In other words, the information shows how they split on general attitudes about life and what they value.
These final two articles show how politics in America has been polarized over the years. We are more divided now than we have ever been. The first article contains seven important discoveries about political polarization.The second article goes a bit more in depth about polarization. Read these carefully & thoughtfully.
Week Of 3/14
We ended last week reading about political polarization, and this past weekend (March 11th - 13th) we witnessed very real and potentially dangerous situations that have arisen because of polarization. What you are about to see is not in the normal political process. We are witnessing polarization occurring rapidly before our eyes. Have a look at this video inside a Donald Trump rally that was supposed to take place in Chicago on Friday evening. Here is another thread of videos taken on Saturday. What you need to notice is how passionate and how far from compromise both sides are (in this case both sides means Trump supporters and those protesting him).
As we continue to look at the polarization of the country, we need to consider a few things. First, what are the root causes of this trend? After reading the article, be prepared to discuss what the following terms mean and how they play a role in polarization: confirmation bias, filter bubble, and shared context.
Below is a video that explains the filter bubble in a bit more depth
After watching the video - think about how this can affect the general public in terms of polarization. Looking aside at the political aspect, will this new knowledge affect you or your research habits in any way? Be prepared to discuss...
What kind of effect might polarization have on the next generation of voters (like, you)? Will you become Generation X-Treme? Or will you become disengaged in politics altogether?
What are some of the potential dangers in becoming disengaged?