Perspectives from the People

In this edition of The Bridge, we will assert a view from the people. We’re going to focus on the conversations happening outside of the cable news anchor’s teleprompter. The mainstream, American discourse of today, regardless of topic, is immersed in sensationalism, and encouraged to be divisive. Regardless of importance, any topic outside the realm of hyperbole is often relegated to the fringes of peripheral discussion. There are plenty of issues requiring robust debate, partisan cooperation, along with civic involvement and education, that due to lack of “sexiness” or “clickbait-worthy-ness” aren’t gifted adequate coverage, despite their noteworthiness. Our current ethos discourages in-depth objective inquiry, which is pertinent for true comprehension of our most pressing issues. One may feel pressure to chose one side of the metaphorical aisle and blindly accept all aspects of that platform.

As the first generation raised in a technologically-revolutionized world, millennials are well situated to influence the way Americans consume information, along with challenging the media norms that prioritize content exposure. Ironically, the outskirts are where most average Americans dwell. Our underrepresentation within mainstream media isn’t a reflection of unimportance, but rather a financial decision that prioritizes profits over integrity. While personas, provocateurs, and pundits crowd up the airways, honest dialogue and genuine disagreements at thegrassroots level persist, and their outcomes constantly influence American society and politics through the creation of new possibilities. Honoring these dialogues create progress in this time of seemingly entrenched culture wars.

In this Edition, we want to refocus the conversation from the perspective of us on the ground. We want to highlight the intercommunal discussions we find ourselves having daily. What disagreements we have within our social circles. Which issues connect all of us, and therefore, we should all have a say. Instead of being told what to talk about, we are using this edition to tell you what we’re discussing. We should always remember, that possibilities can be generated from the ground up. We do not have to sit and wait for the conversation to come to us, we have the capability to let our voices be heard. 

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“I can understand pessimism, but I don’t believe in it. It’s not simply a matter of faith, but of historical evidence. Not overwhelming evidence, just enough to give hope, because for hope we don’t need certainty, only possibility. Which (despite all those confident statements that “history shows …” and “history proves …”) is all history can offer us.” - Howard Zinn

(Published March1 , 2018 - View Full Newsletter Here)