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What's your level of engagement with current issues?

What's your level of engagement? (select all that apply)  

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  1. 1. Where are you on bushfire discusssion?

    • I'm ignoring it
      5
    • I'm discussing how it affects my community
      34
    • Discussing how it affects mine and other communities
      95
    • I'm discussing the political response to it
      99
    • I'm discussing the causes
      90
    • I'm discussing the media response and conspiracies
      68
    • Reading/viewing but not discussing
      61
  2. 2. Where are you on OZ politics? (select all that apply)

    • Largely ignoring it
      39
    • Reading/viewing but not discussing
      83
    • Discussing on EB
      43
    • Discussing on wider social media
      49
    • Protesting
      20
    • Treading carefully due to code of conduct but would be in the thick of it otherwise
      25
  3. 3. Where are you on US politics? (select all that apply)

    • Ignoring it
      66
    • Reading/viewing but not discussing
      90
    • Discussing it here
      24
    • Discussing it on wider social media
      31
  4. 4. Where are you on Harry? (select all that apply)

    • Ignoring it
      76
    • Reading/viewing but not discussing
      88
    • Discussing here
      27
    • Discussing on wider social media
      7


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BadCat

I'm curious about how many of us are engaging on a number of current issues, and where we engage.

 

No, it's not research. I'm not reporting this anywhere.

 

You can select more than one response to each question.

 

And without getting into all the details of the issues, feel free to tell us why you are, or aren't, engaging with certain things.

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kimasa

Bushfire:

Discussing on wider social media and on a broader environmental level at work by being involved in the employed council's carbon neutral target committee.

 

Australian politics:

Discuss on social media and amongst people I know.

 

US politics:

I keep up with to the best of my ability.

 

Harry:

I'm grossed out by the media surrounding the royal family and wouldn't even know where to begin finding a reliable source for anything relating to Harry and Meghan.

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Ivy Ivy

I already mentioned my position on another thread, but basically I minimise news intake to minimise my anxiety, stress and distress about the sorry state of the world, and because it's usually same-same - what I mean by that is, worldwide it's one politician or another, many of them practically interchangeable, not answering questions bluntly, and hampered by party politics and donor influence from doing what would actually be good for the planet and society. They're not genuine or transparent or honest, they're predictable in how they'll disappoint me, and I just can't be bothered cluttering my mind with details about them.

What I do instead is give money to the causes for which I fell empathy. Bit of a cop-out in some ways, but the less stress allows me to earn more thus direct more to certain causes, so it's quite practical.

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steppy

I'm discussing Harry here but I don't consider it an issue of any importance, except maybe from a taxpayer perspective.

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BadCat

BC, can we have a 'reading' option for #1. I dont watch free to air tv so tend to read my news from various outlets - including EB.

 

Done.

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DQMission

I don't discuss current issues a lot on social media, but do as part of my work and in social circles.

 

I think the focus on US politics is overshadowing the issues we have going on here. Lots of people seem to be quite smug about not being American, but I hardly think we are doing loads better. I think, climate emergency aside, most people I know are disengaged with politics on the whole.

 

I am so sick of seeing celebrity gossip and social media posts being dressed up as news. So hard to find news that is actually balanced and relevant.

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gruidae

Bushfires: Discussing how it affects my own and other communities; Discussing political response, media response both here and on social media. Also though not offered as an option - reading, reading , reading the various responses in addition to discussing it

 

Oz Politics: Discussing in all places of my life. Social media, social groups, colleagues, protesting when I don't have work commitments. Things that aren't options : writing policy submissions on my own time and reading, reading reading as widely as I can across the issues. Some of us discuss but read as well, in fact, all the reading makes us want to discuss

 

US politics : read widely and discuss - though the main topic I'm interested in there currently has been successfully banned from discussion via a RWNJ infiltration, so I'm not talking about it here much now as it's too difficult to discuss other details without mentioning the unmentionable

 

Harry: couldn't care less

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BadCat

Yeah sorry, the reading is assumed if you are discussing. I'd hate to think that people are discussing stuff without doing any reading at all, but I suppose plenty of people do.

 

For me:

 

Fires - reading, discussing local and other communities, discussing here and on wider media, and all aspects from the climate crisis to the conspiracy theory bollocks.

 

Oz politics - reading, discussing widely

 

US politics - reading, discussing widely

 

Harry - rich couple are going to move house, don't care.

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catasaurus

I picked discussing widely on social media for Aus politics because there wasn't an option for what I'm actually doing: discussing it within my wider community. I'm surrounded by mostly non Australian people on social media and with my Australian friends it's not on platforms where we post politically, so it's more of an in person thing.

 

On social media I do get tired of everything being US-centric, so I do think it becomes a distraction from our issues at home.

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blimkybill

I find it interesting that "engaging widely" is assumed to mean angaging on social media.

I often find social media engagement pointless, after a point. Yes social media can be a good source of information but I don't regard endless online arguments as productive. I am looking for hands on ways to engage, engagement within my community. This is what I want to increase, not social media engagement.

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BadCat

Do it however you like. Maybe I should have put more options but honestly, just pick the closest to what you're doing.

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Green Sage

Funny, when you say “current issues” I wouldn’t even list the Harry royal family split. I don’t consider that an issue at all, don’t care and don’t think it will affect anything major or even minor.

 

I read the news a lot, every day. But I’m pretty narrow on the issues that I actually care about. And even then, I don’t discuss it widely, cause the people I socialise with don’t care much about what I care about. Our discussion kind of goes like this “god the liberals are annoying” “yeah, I agree” “yeah” *group sigh*

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JRA

I am curios at the options: Discussing on eb, and discussing on social media, but no discussing with people IRL

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bubskitkat

The current world environment has gotten me seriously depressed. It’s all a very real concern for all our futures and that of our children’s.

 

Mr Trump I’m worried will go to far and give those who are looking to retaliate a reason to do so.

 

The bushfires are an absolute tragedy for this country.

 

Not a good start to 2020

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WaitForMe

Funny, when you say “current issues” I wouldn’t even list the Harry royal family split. I don’t consider that an issue at all, don’t care and don’t think it will affect anything major or even minor.

 

 

I think thats why it was included. Its a fluffy and gossipy topic 'of interest' that can be compared to the more serious and impactful news items.

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Squeekums The Elf

Fires, reading, sometimes discussing online.

 

Aus and US politics, ignoring. Sick of the spin and BS in politics from all sides. Its like watching nanny cam in a child care center when every kid having a tanty

 

Harry, ignoring mostly, think its funny and dont get the hoopla.

 

Ive vowed to watch less news, take on less politics as my stress levels cant handle it. We deal with enough stress from mental health issues

I havent watched the news in full since mid December and im much happier for it

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BadCat

I am curios at the options: Discussing on eb, and discussing on social media, but no discussing with people IRL

 

Didn't think of it at the time. But as I said, choose the closest options and run with it. I'm not trying to run a research project here.

 

Harry is there because I'm seeing it a lot despite not caring and it is a top news story.

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Green Sage

 

 

I think thats why it was included. Its a fluffy and gossipy topic 'of interest' that can be compared to the more serious and impactful news items.

 

If the OP wants comparisons drawn, then I think she needs to be more obvious than that. Plenty of people do indeed believe the Prince Harry thing is just as important as politics and bushfires.

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Vicbitt9

I was at a party before Christmas with many well- educated and well off people (Canberra, so some public servants, teachers, pharmacists). I started speaking to someone about Scomo and his Hillsong connections - specifically Brian Houston who also helped cover up his own father (& Hillsong founder’s) pedophilia and the $100m purchase in Manhattan that is their newest “church” and as I was discussing this with one man (don’t even remember his name!) his wife came over and was listening and then there were a few more people - at least half had no idea Scummo was involved with such a happy clappy church and were horrified!

Mind you, Canberra is safe Labor for HoR and have had 1 x Labor and 1 x Liberal Senator for as long as I remember in the Senate, right back to Margaret Reid as the Liberal one who probably wouldn’t even join the Labor Party now!

So the point of this is, most people realise that the Church and State should be separate and therefore know not to trust Scummo at all, so spread this around if you can because the whole of Australia needs to know that he doesn’t work for Australia first - it is his own self-interest and then his church’s interests & it is extremely dangerous to the whole fabric of our society.

I can’t talk about this at work but in social situations I will try to inform everyone I meet - like I said, “Scummo disgusts me” is one thing, but “Did you know about how involved our “PM” is in Hillsong?” opens another door to show people how vigilant they need to be!

He is a cancer on our society and I despise him with a level of loathing that I never thought would top my loathing for Tony Abbott, but does easily! (Feels good to get that out here so sorry, not sorry for the rant!!)

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IShallWearMidnight

I discuss the issues as much as I can. I'm also talking about them with my kids, in age appropriate ways.

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(feral)epg

Most of my work colleagues and friends are fed up of me discussing local and global politics.

They are discussing the fires, and often mentioning climate change, but seldom get political.

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purplekitty

So the point of this is, most people realise that the Church and State should be separate and therefore know not to trust Scummo at all, so spread this around if you can because the whole of Australia needs to know that he doesn’t work for Australia first - it is his own self-interest and then his church’s interests & it is extremely dangerous to the whole fabric of our society.

I can’t talk about this at work but in social situations I will try to inform everyone I meet - like I said, “Scummo disgusts me” is one thing, but “Did you know about how involved our “PM” is in Hillsong?” opens another door to show people how vigilant they need to be!

He is a cancer on our society and I despise him with a level of loathing that I never thought would top my loathing for Tony Abbott, but does easily! (Feels good to get that out here so sorry, not sorry for the rant!!)

This has been a discussion point on EB since the Abbott RU486 days.

 

The collision between personal beliefs and the ability to represent your voters.

 

We were told we shouldn't worry about it.

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SplashingRainbows

I’ve been on holidays but generally avoid political talk in person.

 

I’m more of an action person than a tell others what to do or think person.

 

So I am engaged with the drought, fires, politics by donating, conserving water, installing solar, reducing waste etc but I don’t engage by starting conversations about it generally.

 

Some conversations come up - I’ve had heaps of people stop me in the shops to ask about our onya bags for F&V - alternatives to plastic for example. But I think most people are sick of being told what to do and how to think and living a positive ethical life is a better witness to my values than anything else.

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Chocolate Addict

Bushfires - at first, watching, reading, acting (promoting fundraising etc) Now, I know it sounds awful but I have a bit of bush fire fatigue. :(

I read the news reports on what is going on with them but am over all the speculation, blaming and all the different fundraisers and people constantly asking for items to donate when our Premier (Andrews) has asked people to stop.

 

Politics - both versions, I am not in to politics, I try to avoid it.

 

Harry - *meh* They have been moving away from the whole royal thing for some time. I can't see why they can't successfully do it and without all this fall out.

Princes Anne stepped back, her kids lead regular lives. Edward? I have no clue what he is doing, what his kids names are or how many he has.

Why not let Harry go along the same path? I am reading facebook comments and headlines but not opening any articles on the subject.

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tinselfoil hat

Hey Badcat, serious question. Have you considered going into politics yourself?

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