January 16, 2017 at 8:30 PM by Dr. Drang
Since the election, we’ve been hearing ad nauseam about how social media has put Americans in a bubble in which they hear only their own views echoed back to them. And while, the pundits say, this is true for both the left and the right, it was especially damaging for Democrats/progressives/liberals, who lost the presidency because they didn’t understand hard working conservative whites from the heartland.
Well. I’ve lived in the heartland my whole life. I’m white, male, middle-aged, heterosexual, a business owner, an engineer, and have been married for over 30 years to the same woman. All of these things tag me as conservative, and when I’m in a group of right-leaning people, they assume I’m one of them. I hear what they think because they assume I think it, too. There is no bubble sheltering me from the sexism, racism, religious intolerance, xenophobia, and economic ignorance of the right.
So forgive me if I don’t feel like inviting those same opinions onto my phone.