Government Shutdown Averted, The New York Times vending machine, New York City, New York, United States of America (Photo credit: Pranav Bhatt)
From the Blog council of
This week’s topic is the GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN. To begin, take this quiz to determine your political stance: http://www.people-press.org/typology/quiz/
Now find an interesting article or opinion piece about the government shutdown that supports a stance opposite of your own.
Your goal is to find thoughtful commentary and avoid total reactionary opinions. Strong opinions are great. Reactionary ones are more about attacking a person or using ONLY simple labels. For example, in our opinion, this is reactionary:
“The liberals are not negotiating because they never negotiate.”
This is thoughtful and strong opinion:
“The liberals are not budging and are being stubborn because they think the final end game will play to their interests.”
The idea here is that in our information-and-search saturated society, we can too easily only listen to opinions we agree with. In the “good old days” of the 1990s and before, reading the paper or listening to the radio would often put other viewpoints in your eyes and ears (and brain).
If your stance is in the middle, choose one of the extremes.
Then, right a blog post that reflects your thoughts about the article. Here are some questions to consider while blogging:
Did you learn anything new that has changed your opinion?
What do you gain from reading contrary opinions?
Some ideas for thoughtful view points from the left.
Muy Left-o! old school populism… and Texas Twang
From the right
“The Shutdown Prohet” an essay by Jonathan Chait. Probalby left-ish. I thought it was smart.