Because I’m Happy…: How to Make Learning and Discussing Politics Fun.

Many people become uncomfortable when discussing  politics. You are warned not to talk about it in the workplace and with some people you prefer not to talk about it  at all. Many people stray away  from politics because of these controversial aspects. It often turns from a nice  fun casual conversation to a full blown debate. However, discussing politics does not have to be frustrating. This  post will give you innovative ideas that will have sailing smooth across the political ocean.

 

Smartphone Life:

Smart phones are becoming more popular. In fact, 65 percent of Americans own a smartphone according to the  2014 nielsen digital consumer report.In today’s society people will do anything for their smartphone. Here are a couple of things you can do to enhance your political knowledge without ever having to leave your phone.

 

 

  • QuizUp

 

I play  QuizUp from time to time. It helps me learn about the history of the government.It also interesting helps me learn about current events dealing with the government.

The best part about this app is that you get to compete against other people. You can even  call a rematch.

 

 

  • Debate.org

 

Debate. org is a site that allows you to engage with other people online about the hottest debates in politics. It  allows you to create your own topics and displays current events. Its split screen format and modern  color scheme make it easier to comprehend.  The cool part about this site is , it allows you to see which side is winning and what other people have to say.  The site  does not have an app.

However, there is a debate going on right now about the app. Go check it out.

 

 

  • Instagram Videos:

 

Instagram videos are only 15 seconds ,but they give you enough time to engage with your audience. Create an instagram video about something you agree or disagree with.  One idea would be to create a 15 second political rap song or skit about your views. This is your chance to be creative and a great way to get your instagram followers involved.

 

 

  • Poll Everywhere

 

Poll your friends. I used Poll Everywhere to take polls with followers on instagram, facebook and twitter. Poll everywhere allows you to collect polls through text messaging and twitter posts.  The texts  recieved come straight to your poll everywhere account. You are also able to incorporate the results  into powerpoint slides.  It is a  great way to ask your friends for their views via social media and text.

 

Weekly Get Togethers:

What makes a party fun? In my opinion it’s the constant interaction. Have weekly get togethers with friends to discuss what is going on politically in your area or abroad.

 

 

  • Netflix Parties:

 

More people are starting to use netflix these days. In fact according to the  2014 nielsen digital consumer report 38 percent of american consumers say they subscribe to or use netflix. Search for some of the political shows, documentaries or satires on netflix and have a watch party. My favorite show to watch  is Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO. Bill Maher takes politics and turns it into something satirical. Unlike your regular political talk show, Maher incorporates influential celebrities into his discussions. For example, past celebrities have included  Snoop Lion (Dogg), D.L. Hughey, and Robin Williams( Remember Mrs. DoubtFire?). The show is casually placed and meant to make you laugh.

 

 

  • Play Political Charades

 

Use the Charades! app on google play  to create your own political cards. This is good for a boring saturday night. It also a  good way to help you remember political content.

Night on the Town:

In today’s age, it feels like  being social is being replaced through text messaging and social media.  However, it does not hurt to go out sometimes. It is important to balance your  smartphone and your real life.

 

 

  • Documentary Screenings with Friends:

 

Going out to the movies is so fun. So, why not go to a documentary screening? Usually, documentaries are  only shown in select theatres. These screenings are an  interesting way to gain political knowledge.  The best thing is, they allow you to be social. Networking is always a good thing.  Check out this documentary entitled Fed Up. Fed Up is about the food industry in America. It hit theatres May 9.

 

 

  • Political  Festivals:

 

 

I wrote a story for my university publication about an event there in town. This event was called Show of Hands  and it was really interesting. It was geared towards the younger generation and took place underneath a bypass near the greenway. There was a variety of food and many  vendors. The event  promoted local politicians or all parties and encouraged political  engagement. This is also another fun way to  learn more about the political atmosphere in your community.Google some of the festivals in your town.

 

Take Away Points:

  • If politics is hard make it fun.
  • Today smartphones are every. Try to incorporate technology into your political social outings in ways that forces people to react with one another.

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