Trying to raise an informed electorate in institutions void of political discussions is a double-edged sword.

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One of the first things I do when I move to a new neighborhood is to join its Nextdoor community. Nextdoor describes itself as a “neighborhood hub for trusted connections and the exchange of helpful information, goods, and services.”

While it’s been a great resource to find out about local community services and the occasional garage sale, it’s usually riddled with drama that just seems inevitable in online gatherings of people.

A few weeks ago, a concerned parent of the local high school posted about, what she claimed was, an unsettling sort of “indoctrination” in her child’s AP Government class. She said that she had listened in to the class over Zoom and had heard the teacher discussing the presidential debate with a heavy bias towards one party and that she was “fanning the flames of hate.” …

The pandemic made me say such an abrupt farewell to a way of life

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Taking a stroll through my town’s main street, you could hardly tell that we’re in the midst of a pandemic. Tables and chairs have migrated from inside restaurants to the sidewalks where fresh air circulates freely. On weekends, crowds struggle to stay distanced while they wait for tables and reservations. The diners, maskless and unbothered, are the most obvious indications of the life we used to have before the pandemic.

When I pass through these crowds on my daily evening walk, I can’t help but notice the servers. Their eyes betray a harried and exhausted look behind their plastic face shields. …

When you’re constantly surrounded by those who have it all, it’s hard not to feel like you have no control

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While the pandemic has given me a lot of time to rest at home and enjoy my family, sometimes it feels like it’s given me too much time to dwell. And with all this thinking, I keep feeling a sense of stagnation in my life right now.

I want to put in a good day’s work towards a larger purpose — and most of all — I want to see clear signs that my efforts aren’t in vain. …


Janice Bae

I enjoy writing about society and culture, especially of the internet variety. janicebaecopy@gmail.com

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