America’s newest voters look back at the 2020 election – and forward to politics in 2021

As Americans end one year and begin another, one of the most controversial topics of conversation will be the presidential election.

We experienced the election season from a unique perspective. We each taught college courses on the 2020 campaigns while they were underway, and as a result had a sort of three-month-long focus-grouplike conversation with the newest American voters.

KENNAE HUNTER

KENNAE HUNTER MULTIMEDIA JOURNALIST Place of Origin: Athens, GA      Kennae Hunter is a senior at the University of West Georgia, graduating in spring 2021. She is a Mass Communication major with a concentration in Convergence Journalism and a minor in Psychology. Hunter has a deep passion for writing Read more…

KATIE ESPARZA

Follow ESPARZA: Linkedin Instagram KATIE ESPARZA MULTIMEDIA MARKETING INTERN Place of Origin: Scottsdale, AZ      Katie Esparza is in her final year at Georgia State University, where she is majoring in Film and Media and minoring in Art. Originally from Scottsdale, Arizona, she moved to Atlanta in 2013. She Read more…

3 reasons for information exhaustion – and what to do about it

An endless flow of information is coming at us constantly: It might be an article a friend shared on Facebook with a sensational headline or wrong information about the spread of the coronavirus. It could even be a call from a relative wanting to talk about a political issue.
All this information may leave many of us feeling as though we have no energy to engage.
As a philosopher who studies knowledge-sharing practices, I call this experience “epistemic exhaustion.” The term “epistemic” comes from the Greek word episteme, often translated as “knowledge.” So epistemic exhaustion is more of a knowledge-related exhaustion.

American society teaches everyone to be racist – but you can rewrite subconscious stereotypes

Progress toward a more just and equitable society may be on the horizon. Since the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in May, around the United States, millions of people have taken to the streets, statues have been felled, leaders have been fired and pressured to resign, and activists-turned-politicians have gained traction in prominent political races.