Hi, this is Milo. I’m from Alaska originally, but have been living in Seattle for the past several years. I studied music as an undergraduate before switching majors and graduating from the University of Washington with a BA in communications with a journalism emphasis. I’m here pursuing an MI degree. I have been leaning toward the CIS path, but after the reading for this class this week I’m starting to consider the thesis option as well.
When I thought about topics that would be fun to research, right away I remembered these charts I had seen on political polarization and education level. I tracked down the original blog post here. It runs counter to our intuition that education would make someone less likely to answer a question correctly, but the thinking here is that this is due to elite signaling, and an arguably rational “outsourcing” of thinking on complex issues to opinion leaders.
As interesting as this subject is to me, I kind of ran into a ditch when I got to the part in the Luker reading where she talks about coming up with specific, meaningful questions. The only thing I can think of is perhaps I should “review the literature”, or some of it anyway, as I’m sure there’s a great deal more research on the subject that I know nothing about. If anyone has any reactions, that could be helpful too.