Deep Tech Thought 3: Political Party Identification

“Economic anxiety plays little role in why Americans switch parties: the reasons are mostly cultural and deal with fears (or acceptance of) demographic and cultural change” said Caulfield. I’ve found that since I’ve been in college my political views and party identification has changed. In high school my views were much more conservative. This was due to my families views, friends, and religious affiliation. On various issues I find that my view is much more liberal now. I’ve seen a similar pattern with other college students also. Many of my friends said they have experienced the same thing. I think the way you’re grown up and your social environment plays a big part in your political party identification. I agree with Caulfield that economic anxiety does play a small role in why Americans switch parties. I think a persons economic views can swing left or right but isn’t a factor that makes a person switch parties. “I’ve seen some approaches to critical media literacy where the assumption seems to be that the main issue with today’s youth is they are too trusting of the media” says Caulfield later in his newsletter. I agree with this statement; I think that we as a collective generation put a lot of trust in the media especially, social media accounts. Many people are not careful with what they post whether its pictures or things that they say. There has also been problems with personal account information being leaked by the media source which violates a persons privacy. Caulfield ends this newsletter by saying “Students do have a problem of “too much trust”, but it’s not that they trust the media. It’s that they trust themselves” which I found to be a very pondering sentence. I can see his view on it in that students/youth do trust themselves in that they are not as worried about their privacy.

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