The purpose of this essay is to examine the bases of ideological perspectives. This assignment has three parts but the essence of the assignment is part 2*, this is where the bulk of the points will be scored.
Take the PEW typology quiz http://www.people-press.org/quiz/political-typology/(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
How were you categorized?
Are you at all surprised by your results?
*Examine the bases of your ideological perspective in terms of:
Chapter 6, “Public Opinion” of your Open to Debate e-text
Jonathan Haidt and George Lakoff who look at differences in ideology as manifestations of deep-seated moral values. I will be expecting references to Haidt and Lakoff in your essay and you should find the following resources to be of help.
Haidt, “What Makes People Vote Republican” Ch. 6 Reader
Jonathan Haidt TED Talk: https://embed.ted.com/talks/jonathan_haidt_can_a_divided_america_heal(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Lakoff, “Don’t Underestimate Trump” Ch. 5 Reader
Please relate your understanding of ideology, above, to a contemporary political topic or topics. If you are having difficulty coming up with a topic, consider some of the recent developments shaping public opinion such as: fake news, alternative facts, white lies, the polarization of cable news, the role of social media such as Facebook, etc.
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