A call for a paradigm shift: from fake news to extreme speech
Without any hesitation, I can say that one of the most important factors of political divisions in our current society is the generational gap. This applies to the U.S., my home country Korea, and others like Italy.
The recent U.S. election has proven the effect of mobilized Gen Z, and how this racially-diverse generation stands at the forefront of progressive issues compared to its older counterparts.
I study politics, take philosophy classes, and do research on religion. As many would agree, I’m about to be left jobless.
During my high school senior year, my friend was genuinely concerned about my future employment prospects, and he asked me: “Look, what are you going to do in life by pursuing political science?”
Truthfully, I had no idea. It was as if I had to fabricate ambitious dreams to justify the discipline of my choice with statements like: “I want to be a politician” or “I am going to grow into a journalist covering controversial political issues.”
I was forced to fly back home to Korea in April when the pandemic was getting worse. I had my summer internship position secured but turns out life doesn’t always go the way you planned it to be. When I returned home, I decided I am going to earn money in Korea. Three weeks into my job hunt, here’s how things unraveled:
At this point, I was not too hopeful. But here’s the plot twist: Three months later, I got an offer to become a…