As was mentioned in some of the previous blog posts, I too was rather uninformed about the details of the current government shutdown and I’m glad that this prompt gave me the opportunity to explore the issue more thoroughly. When I took the self-quiz I was placed in the middle of the spectrum as a post-modern, which didn’t really surprise me much. I then read a few articles from both the left and right to get a feel for some different perspectives on the topic.
The piece that I found most interesting and thought provoking was a blog post from FireDogLake, a progressive left-wing online organization. The post is titled “Government Shutdown Threatening Food Safety.” As soon as I read this title I knew the article would be interesting because when I think about the shutdown, food safety is definitely not the first thing that comes to my mind. The post explained that due to the shutdown 90% of seafood imports are going uninspected due to the shutdown. In addition, half of the fruit and one-fifth of the vegetables imported are unchecked. The FDA is no longer blocking shipments from companies with a history of tainted foods and is not able to investigate any foodborne outbreaks.
If I had not read this blog post I don’t think that I would have ever been aware of this issue regarding food safety and the shutdown and I’m sure there are a lot of people who still don’t know about it. The big issues that come to most people’s minds are healthcare, budgets, spending, etc and we tend to overlook the possible social issues that can arise. You may not think that the shutdown will affect your everyday life but clearly it can. I know I’ll definitely be a lot more skeptical about eating any seafood until the shutdown is resolved.
I think that this article really shows the importance of investigating multiple perspectives and views on current events. Left wing liberals are more likely to bring light to these kinds of social and environmental issues that can arise from governmental actions, while traditional news articles may overlook these details.