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I think that's a self defeating attitude. If voting didn't work, why would the rich spend their untold billions on campaigns and media ads that are only minimally successful at swaying anyone's vote?
Look at Evangelical Christians, they have their interests represented heavily in congress, every state legislature, and they totally control many local governments. Not just because they vote when they have something at stake, but they vote every election, like clockwork. Why would a congressperson go after millennial votes if they'll vote during the presidential election, and then leave them hanging during the off year elections?
I've recently started to do research work at my medical school. It's mostly done by statistical analysis of patient charts, trying to find a trend between poorly controlled diabetes and the likelihood of having a certain type of heart attacks. The literature on this issue heavily contradicts itself, and most of it is riddled with problems like poor sample sizes and errors in methodology. By the end of the summer I doubt I'll have accomplished anything more than contributing to this noise.
I'm interested in a career in academics, and someday I hope to make real contributions to the scientific community. But right now I'm at the bottom of the totem poll and, unless I try to apply for some Ivy League residency, the quantity of my publications are far more important than their quality. Since we have a system that encourages this type of thinking, you end up with a large body of low quality science published in a large number of low quality journals.
I see what you mean, I haven't been here very long so my opinion is probably isn't as informed as yours. I also haven't put much time into finding users and tags that I like to follow, and usually just browse on Global, so maybe that's why this place feels a little empty to me.
I notice that there's a lot of content on this site with 0 comments. Maybe it's just because I'm used to Reddit, but I think that the comments can usually be more entertaining and insightful than the articles, it's also a sign of a strong vibrant community.
I think if everyone posted fewer articles of higher quality it would go a long way to increasing the amount of discussion going on here, and make it feel like less of a ghost town.
People are making this logo thing about the "Bush" name, I think his team is just anticipating people's jokes about the redundancy of calling him by his initials, followed by his last name. John Ellis Bush (J.E.B.) Bush.
You're right, it certainly depends on the kind of person that OP is. I'm speaking from the perspective of someone who has seen plenty of friends and family fizzle out of school due to a lack of direction or motivation, so maybe I'm just sensitive to that possibility.
I've found that the most important thing is to decide on a plan as early as possible and start working towards it. The specifics of the plan aren't so important as the goal oriented mindset it'll give you. The people with vague motivations to take a couple years of basic courses and see what they like often end up late to the game when their peers are making connections, doing internships, and applying to professional schools.
I'm not saying that spending time to explore your options is a bad thing, but tuition isn't cheap; and time is your biggest asset at this point in your life.
Would you be surprised if he won the nomination? He may not be a good choice, but I think he might be the best choice for a party that cannot realistically win the presidency without winning Florida.