The world in 3 words

Bent, not broken: my three words chosen to describe our world.

In Fall 2016, I took a Political Science course in International Relations, which was an elective outside of my major. The core of the curriculum was based on learning IR perspectives: realism, liberalism, and constructivism. Aside from the power-driven motivations of realism and the overly-cooperative nature of liberalism, constructivism offered a completely different take on how we look at the world.

Constructivism taught me that we have created the world around us. As citizens, we’ve created the rules. Basically, my professor explained that we give symbols meaning –  in traffic signals, we’ve assigned colors to represent stop and go (and they didn’t need to be red or green). We’ve made the norms. It’s because of constructivism that I wholeheartedly believe that we are solely responsible for changing our world if it disappoints us.
Bent, not broken is my philosophy. We will never be beyond repair. We can pick up and start again, we can reinvent the cycle.

-CK

Right or wrong? The effects of news bias

Regardless of our political affiliations, it seems that every story, every article, and every piece of breaking news sheds at least some negative light on President Donald Trump.

In this particular post, I’m not trying to examine if any of his actions or the actions of his staff have been generally good or bad for America since we probably all could agree that we share many different opinions on what is good and what is bad for the country (which is OK!) We all have unique thoughts on politics and policy, which makes our system of government so inspiring, yet at the same time, so complex.

With all of that in consideration,  I want to talk about how the news influences our view of current events. Most people are at least vaguely aware that news organizations can hold their own biases, and most times that’s clear by the words they use in their headlines. To highlight this, I did a little research.

I decided to do a general search on Bing News about President Trump’s recent address to Congress. Here are a few of the headlines looking at his performance:

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My point is not to make a value judgement on Trump’s character or even his actual performance. What I am trying to do is show the many ways that a public figure’s performance can be interpreted, even down to the photos that news organizations use (Check out the “Trump’s Second Chance” photo – an unflattering close up that makes us feel that he’s out of control vs. the Reuters’ article photo where we perceive him as strong and in control.) Based on our own particular views of how the country should or shouldn’t be run, these headlines further solidify our stances.

My challenge for you is to step outside of your news-comfort zone. We should take in a wide variety of sources before forming our opinions. Get the cut and dried facts. But we need to hear from you: what else can we do to counter this news hypnosis that forms our opinions for us?

If you’ve seen examples of bias, let me know in the comments! Share your opinions on news organizations and how well you think they’re doing at reporting (or not reporting) on important stories.

-Carissa

Why I am society


If you’re reading this, I am so glad you’re here. I also hope that eventually, you will feel the same way.

I am society is a blog created to help us make sense of the world around us, embracing the love and silencing the hate through discussion. We can’t always agree, but there’s so much more to gain than just agreement.

We won’t always understand what’s going on in the world, but telling our stories is one of the best ways to begin to try.

So, what can you expect from this blog?

•Authenticity
•Curiosity
•Free thought
•Encouraged discussion, and hopefully, change.

This is for the overly-stereotyped Millenials ready to check-out when it comes to politics, and the Millennials with so much to say who aren’t sure where to start.

We are society and it’s time to be the change, right here and right now.

I am society

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