I’ve never been considered as the one who kept up with the news or the one with strong opinions. The reason behind my lack of interest in political news is unknown. To be honest, I never understood why I frankly did not find myself wanting to know what was happening around the world. If one were to educate me on politics, I would listen and make an attempt to remember the specific details, but I probably wouldn’t be able to recall them within a week or so. Usually I get my ‘political news’ from social media which I admit, isn’t the best place to obtain information from, especially for those controversial and problematic events. Of course, living in the digital era means that I am still somewhat exposed to news all the time. Every once in a while, I am either forced to or encouraged to read some news article that has strong connections to me. For instance, I paid significantly more attention to the news this year. While this may be because I am maturing and learning to be more aware of the community that I live in, it is also due to the number events that have been happening. During 2020 to present there had been the COVID pandemic, BLM protests, white house raids, death of a number of well respected celebrities, and more.
The results of my tests are quite confusing. For one, the third test shows how my political bias was more than the average. Another example is how in test one, I am more left libertarian while in test two, I am more left totalitarian/authoritarian. This may consequently reflect how much I don’t know about politics as my responses to similar questions are quite different. According to the internet, the definition of being political is “relating to the government or public affairs of a country”.
I believe that it is very possible for one to correlate anything to politics in some way, yet in the real world, not everything should be about it. For instance, if a white boy were to buy a vanilla ice cream, one could say that this kid was a self-centered white supremacist, because he chose to buy an ice cream instead of donating the money to help fund others; one could say that this kid was a racist, because he chose to buy the vanilla flavor instead of the chocolate flavor; or one could simply say that this kid was just a boy who liked vanilla flavored ice cream. However, because the definition of politics is so vague as only being “relating to” “government or public affairs of a country”, it is hard to define what is and what isn’t political. Hence, there is always some sort of ‘bias’ that can be linked to a country’s government or its public affairs to everything.
As more and more are recognizing the importance of human rights, I think that it is becoming more and more important to be aware of what is going on in politics. Because equal rights are being distributed to more people, it is likely that we will also be affected. Though it may sound selfish and self-centered, for most, events are only important and acknowledgeable when we are also affected. Furthermore, it is becoming easier and easier to access information on the news and from different stand points too; hence, we are naturally inclined to be more aware of what is happening around the world politically nowadays. For instance, I am may more likely to check on updates on the corona cases in China or the US than in India; I am more inclined to read articles on Chinese immigrants than Mexican immigrants; I am more interested in news on the Chinese (not that there are many) and US government than European governments.