Idealism, Responsibility & Compunction: The Art of Constructing Our Political Narratives


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I understand the thought process behind a piece like Clay Shirky’s “There’s No Such Thing As A Protest Vote”. I’d like to offer a different perspective. I chose to focus on Shirky’s piece because I believe it accurately reflects a particular perspective that is out there and the article itself is currently being shared extensively on social media and elsewhere as a school of thought some people are connecting with.

I think Shirky’s viewpoint runs the danger of functioning as a narrative for those who want to feel irreproachable in their voting decision by making any other voting choices or perspectives ineffective, irresponsible, and/or a sign of weakness. Shirky’s insistence that “Presidential voting is an exercise in distinguishing the lesser of two evils. Making that choice is all that’s asked of us, and all that’s on offer” can be seen as one example of a school of thought that indirectly (or even directly) stifles political change. It most certainly can be argued that it stifles progress.

Shirky sees only three options in voting this election (or any other):

A. I prefer Donald Trump be President, rather than Hillary Clinton.

B. I prefer Hillary Clinton be President, rather than Donald Trump.

C. Whatever everybody else decides is OK with me.

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Idealism, Responsibility & Compunction: The Art of Constructing Our Political Narratives

The Lack Of Irony & Self-Awareness That Is “AMERICAN SNIPER”


Alert: Spoilers

American-Sniper-Poster-bigI knew before seeing the film AMERICAN SNIPER that its politics were not in sync with mine. I’d heard enough from friends and from the news to know that people were having serious issues with the film while others were celebrating it. Yet I tried to know as little as possible about the plot. I wanted to see for myself how the film played, what the message was that I took away from it. I had heard that the title character was painted with much grayer tones than the black and white mentality that Chris Kyle apparently exhibits in his book of the same name. I was hoping, to an extent, that perhaps Eastwood’s film was polarizing because of its grey areas, that it might have been more open to interpretation, more provocative, even if I didn’t personally agree with all its sentiments.

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The Lack Of Irony & Self-Awareness That Is “AMERICAN SNIPER”