Younger Americans might understand politics betterBy James Giago Davies
Native Sun News Columnist
nativesunnews.today We assume age and experience matter most when it comes to making wise decisions, or in understanding how the world actually operates. Education is supposed to be slipping, young people are supposed to be more shallow and self-absorbed, and the popular conception is that this has made our children less capable of comprehending life than older generations. An article last week by the Atlantic challenges that truism. According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, “Americans over 50 are worse than younger people at telling facts from opinions.” Ironically, older Americans disputing that, might be disputing it based upon a weaker understanding of the Atlantic article than the young people who read it, if we were to logically apply the finding of the research.
How did this difference occur? It may be in the flexibility of the mind. An earlier study by the American Press Institute found that, “older Americans were more confident than younger Americans in their ability to identify fact from opinion.” This confidence is utterly unfounded. Despite the fact the mainstream news agencies are now controlled by only five corporations, older Americans still trust these news sources, and younger Americans, do not. This trust creates an unjustified conformation of already indoctrinated views from the last century, a blinkered rigidity, an unwillingness to grow and change and learn, that younger Americans are better at identifying and correcting in themselves.
James Giago Davies is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota tribe. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright permission Native Sun News Today
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