24 Hours on the Other Side
For as long as I can remember, my views have been Liberal. My parents have always voted Liberal, when I was able to vote last year, I did the same. When switching my views over from left to right, I was surprised by what information was published on the other side of the chart. I get my news from CNN, Buzzfeed News and Vanity Fair. All cities that would be considered more of a left viewed news source. For the past 24 hours, I have been reading websites targeted towards the right side of the views. That meant looking at websites such as Fox News and the Daily Mail.
The immediate reaction that I first had when going through the FoxNews Website was that it was more serious than CNN or Vanity Fair. I felt like all I was seeing was the bad news. Not that news is always positive but just the fact that I thought that the information was screaming negativity in my face. It felt extremely negative and just not necessarily the news that I’m used to reading about. I thought that all of the articles that I had read were all remarkably similar. They all felt that they had the same view and that they felt the same about every situation regardless of the different topics. This was a fascinating look on a cite that I probably never look to for my news.
In terms of the Daily Mail. My first impression of the website was that it was very cluttered. The website was too overwhelming, and I felt like there was a lot of text, and the website wasn’t very organized. Similar to FoxNews, my first impression of this website was that it was overwhelming. I also found that I was so overwhelmed with all of the articles on the main page that it made me lose focus, and that I had to remind myself to keep reading. While scrolling through the website, I also found that most of the text was in too small of a font, making this extremely unappealing to me as a reader. I didn’t have the attention to read the articles since they were not very eye captivating. Again I also found the views to be too negative and not enjoyable to read. Being a quite upbeat person I dont necessarily enjoy reading about the negativity happening in out society. Although I do enjoy being informed, I don't enjoy hearing about the negative events that take place practically daily.
Coming from someone who usually doesn’t read the news often, I have learned more about the right side when it comes to their news networks and views. I have learned from experiencing news from a conservative point of view that I don’t enjoy reading news articles from those sources. I am not a negative person, and as much as I feel the need to be educated on world issues, I think there could be a better manner to advertise them while still maintaining the information. From the news sources that I saw on the right side, I feel like those sources are very upfront and in your face regarding how they design and articulate their articles. I also found that the vocabulary being used on these sites is different from what I am used to reading. What captivates me on reading is not only the content but also the aesthetic of the website and the organization that comes with it. I find it hard to be captivated on a website with so much going on. After the past 24 hours, I have concluded that my political views reflect the sources from where I receive my information.
Fox News. www.foxnews.com/.
“Home.” Daily Mail Online, Associated Newspapers, www.dailymail.co.uk/ushome/index.html.
Magazine, Vanity Fair. “Entertainment, Politics, and Fashion News.” Vanity Fair, 28 May 2017, www.vanityfair.com/.
“Breaking News, Latest News and Videos.” CNN, Cable News Network, 19 Feb. 2014, www.cnn.com/.
Ingroup-versus-Outgroup Thinking Warps the Moral Principles of Liberals and Conservatives. 24 Aug. 2019, www.psypost.org/2019/08/ingroup-versus-outgroup-thinking-warps-the-moral-principles-of-liberals-and-conservatives-54277.