There are a number of countries around the world that have a general election every few years; that is, of course, unless a snap election takes place. When an election take place, the general public will have the chance to vote for part that they believe will lead the country in the right way. Nowadays, it is easier than ever before for someone to find out about what each party stands for, and this is primarily due to the internet. In the past, one would have had to read a paper, watch TV, or to listen to the radio, for instance. But through being able to go online, it is no longer necessary for them rely on these sources of information. The only thing they will need is a device and from here, they can browse the web for all of the information that they need. Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean that this approach will work for everyone, as there are going to be people who still prefer the old way of doing things.
What this can come down to is that they might not know where to go online, or they could end up being overwhelmed by so much information. Thus, through listening to the radio or reading a paper, for instance, everything will be laid out for them. This will be a lot easier for them to handle, and they won’t have to worry about if they are being exposed to ‘fake news’. Yet, while this can be easier, this can cause them to miss out on a lot of information. One way of looking at this would be to say that these sources can’t cover everything, and that they only have time to talk about the things that are important. Another way of looking at this would be to say that these sources are biased, and this then defines what they do or don’t cover. It can then appear as though they are simply presenting the facts, but this is going to be nothing more than an illusion. Naturally, there are going to be people who are only too aware of how the mainstream media works, and this will be the reason why they look towards other sources.
This is going to mean that they will need to look into things for themselves and this will take more energy, but it is likely to give them a better understanding of what is going on. It could be said that this is the difference between buying food from an organic farm and buying it from a supermarket. The supermarket could be closer and it might be cheaper, but there is also the chance that a lot of what they buy won’t be as healthy. In the short-term, it will take more effort, but it will be worth it in the long-term. And through having so much information available, it can be easy for someone to end up being consumed by what is taking place. As far as they are concerned, this could be seen as an opportunity for them to have an effect on the direction that their country will take.
Through having this outlook, they might do everything they can do to make sure that the people around them also vote. This could a far as they will go, or they might share their views on social media. One could end up telling their ‘friends’ to vote for a certain party, or they could just tell them to make the most of this opportunity. But regardless of whether they talk about this on social media or not, this is likely to show that one has a clear idea of who they are going to vote for. The party they are voting for could just be seen as being slightly better than the others, or one could be amazed by what one party will do if they get into power. When one is not caught up in what is taking place and believes that one party is marginally better than the others, it could show that one has listened to the mainstream media and the alternative media.