The Election: Its Effects And Meanings
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The Election: Its Effects And Meanings

What do you mean? No, not you, JB. I'm talking about the 2016 presidential election.

The Election: Its Effects And Meanings

Whether in the media or in our minds, this year's presidential election seems to take precedence over any other topic of 2016. But what exactly has this topic accomplished in its "all about me" image?

The election is definitely one of the most important topics for media specialists to cover, but this year it has gotten way more attention than I ever thought any event could. One of the most obvious reasons for this is because of front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Yes, let me hear the "Oh gosh, I hate them," "They're horrible, I am not voting for anybody," "Trump/Clinton as president? This is not funny anymore." Well, that is kind of the point - a presidential election is not really supposed to be funny.

I think it's important for us citizens to take what this race offers us seriously; that is, the opportunity to realize how much our country is changing.

Our society is distancing itself from believing in a single person to carry out the things we want and is more focused on their own beliefs. There seems to be no one firm agreement in any political topic presented by the candidates and with this, cohesion is becoming weak. The fact that some Americans say that they are not even going to vote for their own president demonstrates this and also goes against one of a democracy's most important values. And if anyone forgot, America is a democracy.

This alteration that this election has on America is neither good nor bad, but it can be bad if there is no control or desire over it. Embrace change, yes, but embrace difference and lack of togetherness, no. Adjustment to a powerful figure like Clinton or Trump is necessary to keep the change worthwhile.

America seems to be changing from being a Superpower to being Super-confused. Even if you look at it differently than I do, I advise you to dig deeper into the media's portrayal of this year's election to try to figure out how you want this whole shabazz to end. Whether you like Trump or Clinton or not, change is still happening. For me, the majority's (and the media's) outlook on it seems to be more negative than positive so this is the way I am trying to make some good sense out of it.

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