Today’s advancements of technology allows for immediate news and immediate response. This opens a window of opportunity for a rational democracy to act more swiftly and or more reasonably in response to data and facts. It also opens up opportunity for emotional or propaganda-based exchange of information to twist democracy toward irrational behavior. I want to make clear. I do not view irrational behavior as conforming to some political ideology. I view irrational behavior as behavior based largely upon email or false data. We have all behaved irrationally at some point in time, allowing our “fast-thinking” self to overwhelm our “slow-thinking”, data-driven, reasoning self.
Case in point. If we consume the constant stream of data from social media on our current administration, our mind will quickly categorize it based upon our biases. We see stories immediately as confirming our views or contradictory and consequently wrong. We need real DATA in order to slow us down. To bring us to a place of discussion.
Now I will put on my own bias hat and ask you to take a moment, slow down your thinking and compare the Politifact rating for Barak Obama with that of Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Digest this and start asking yourself questions about what you want from your leaders. We may disagree on this point, but at least we all have the data for discussion.