If your feed is anything like mine lately, it has been a flood of political information. Especially platforms like Twitter. Furthermore, these platforms are becoming more and more polarized, and the right and left are traveling further and further apart.
I want to be informed, but I don’t know who to trust. How should we navigate this?
Checking multiple sources and not ingesting all media from one source. Trusted sources like the New York Times, Washington Post, and even credible articles posted on our timelines can be helpful. An incredible amount of media is published simply to grab readers’ attention. Lately, I’ve been listening to a news podcast and checking Twitter. After seeing which themes repeat, I feel more informed on the issues, instead of trusting something with an outrageous title just trying to grab my click.
Social Media is a campaign platform for the candidates. More than ever before, the candidates have an opportunity to reach voters through online platforms, especially those between 18 and 29 years old. Due to the pandemic, online campaigning may have an even heavier effect, because ground campaigning will most likely not be used as much.
Polarization is an even more effective channel towards voters now. The Political Action Committee (PAC) is going to target those with more extreme beliefs on both ends of the spectrum. Again, choose sources wisely and see which themes and events repeat within those sources.