Indian Country politics and public policy

Commentary by Mark Trahant

Mark Trahant: I have been thinking a lot in the last 48 hours about my role, the role of journalism, or what’s left of that, especially in terms of Indian Country.

I wonder how effective we are in the age of social media. And if there might be another way to go about distributing ideas?

Two specific issues: The filter bubble. What we read and consume that challenges our thinking? Does it make it more difficult to build a coalition?

And, perhaps, more important, how do we challenge things we know not to be true?

From a NY magazine essay on Facebook: “They found that users only clicked on 7 percent of “hard” content (politics, national news) in their feeds, as opposed to “soft” content like entertainment, sports, or travel. The researchers found that conservatives see about 5 percent less ideologically diverse content than their more moderate friends, with liberals at 8 percent.”

There are so many examples from Indian Country (and from Indian Country news enterprises) that illustrate this example well.

Who, then, writes about policy? And how do we pay for that?

Introspection time. (Still working on stories on white board, plus looking at actual returns to see where Indian Country voted … and where we did not.)

This piece is worth considering:

http://www.niemanlab.org/…/the-forces-that-drove-this-elec…/

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