Do you like to talk and read about politics? And if so, what’s your political alignment – red, or blue?
Or I should say, what do you think it is, and what is it really, as those two questions might not have the same answer. Lots of people think they’re one thing, and they’re really another, or a mixture of both. Or their views change over time.
Take me, for example: I always liked to think of myself as a conservative. I even registered to run for office as a Republican, about 15 years ago. Then, one day, I was writing about politics – health care – and it occurred to me just how liberal I seemed . I’d just never thought of myself as a liberal, and yet suddenly there I was.
I bring this up because I just found out about this great new political site, LiveCitizen. It’s a community political debate platform that lets people like me and you (you’re reading this blog, so you must like politics) discuss social and political issues – and while doing so, LiveCitizen helps you gauge just where you REALLY stand on the spectrum.
See, users can, when they sign up, say “red” or “blue” for their political persuasion – but LiveCitizen then uses that person’s activity over time to help them decide whether to stay with that color or not.
That’s an intriguing idea, and one that sets LiveCitizen apart from the rest of the Internet: It’s not just a chance to think about and talk about politics, but a chance to get some feedback on your own views. And that’s something to think about. It’s easy to say “I’m a Republican” or “I’m a Democrat” because that’s what you’ve always been but what’ll happen if after looking at how you actually think you realize you’re not as this or that as you thought you were?
Re-examining your own beliefs is the best way of challenging them and making sure you believe things for the right reasons, rather than out of habit. I’m going to join LiveCitizen over at www.livecitizen.com; hope to see you there!