Hyperpartisanship & Democracy
In the past six months, I have been called a liberal scumbag, mindless leftist, TWAT, pedophile lover, and my all-time favorite, fascist. Standing up for Black lives and the fight for racial equality online has automatically made users who disagree with my views paint me as a donkey-riding believer carrying my blue flag of righteousness. Why see me as a decontextualized representative of a political party, instead of an individual human being, with complexity, history, a family, and a nuanced story of my own?
self reflection exercise: What are the values that are essential to your life both on and offline? One of the main components to becoming a media literate digital citizen is understanding and reflecting on our own use of the media and how it impacts our life. Being a digital citizen is not something to accomplish by completing a series of training videos, but is rather a disposition we strive to be by changing our behaviors and interactions online. Whether you choose to write your response here or… Converse with another human go for a walk talk to your dog put it on paper consider it quietly draw it out write a song put motion to your thoughts drink some whiskey with a friend. Take one step towards becoming more aware of the digital forces impacting your life.
Media’s Impact on Democracy
Upon hearing this question I imagine that most people would have an opinion, or at least a reaction. ‘The media’ is seemingly omnipresent, and perhaps best symbolized by the constant temptation of an entire world of information accessible to us at any moment, being carried around in our pockets. And ‘democracy’ is a word that evokes both a way of life, and an expectation of rights, processes, and forms of expression that can be easy to take for granted. These two concepts – democracy and media – exist both in tandem and in conflict with one another, and we invite you to join us in reflecting on the important relationship between the two…