We are reaping what has been sown. This is no mistake. Partisanship will kill us all. Multiple reports have shown that partisanship is the leading factor in affecting people’s attitude and behaviors around this COVID-19 health crisis. It’s not where they live. It’s not how old they are. It’s not how much media they consume. It’s their political partisanship. Let me explain how we got here. Political partisanship creating different realities we live in has been happening in the U.S. well before Trump started running for president. Check out Chris Mooney’s the Republican Brain from 2012. Or George Lakoff’s The […]
In the wake of mass shootings in my home state of Ohio in Dayton and in El Paso, Texas, a familiar trope has emerged – mental illness as the culprit. First, let me say this – white supremacy is not a mental illness. It is an ideology based on hate. Depression is a mental illness. PTSD is a mental illness. Being an asshole isn’t a mental illness. It’s just part of who we are.
Senator John McCain has died. Brain cancer. That sucks. Unfortunately, albeit predictably, his death has sparked arguments about how to honor political adversaries. On the one side, there’s “he’s always been a war-mongering dick, so stop kissing his ass because he died.” On the other side, there’s “he fought for what he thought was right from Vietnam to Trump’s America, his service to country is admirable in this day and age.” Or…
I cared about professional wrestling once. It was the mid-to-late 90’s. Grunge rock was still a thing, but had given way to hip hop as the dominant music pop culture. I was a teenager. So, rebellion was natural for me – a suburban white boy rebelling against “the man.” Of course I didn’t know what I was talking about (15 year-olds rarely do), but I felt a vague frustration with the world. I briefly found an outlet for that frustration in wrestling.
We are living in a volatile political environment. You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people — now 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric. Now, some of those folks — they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America. But the other basket […]
I may not be living in the same reality you are. We may have wildly different reactions to the same stimulus. We may not just disagree on issues – our very interpretations of the world around us as facts or truth can be so far apart that my reality may be different from yours. How would we get there? It’s no accident. It’s reality building.
Turn on 24-hour cable news right now. Just do it. I know it’s annoying. But this is important. I’ll wait.
I have previously written about how people tend to gather and remember information best thru stories, or narratives. This is narrative bias.
.In my previous post about narrative bias, I detailed how telling stories is the preferred information-gathering system for us all. So if that is the case, what would a political narrative be? We’ll get to that…