I think that the breadth and sophistication of my knowledge on my topic of healthcare has grown dramatically over the course of this assignment. I now feel I truly have enough information to build an informed opinion on my subject, rather than one based on assumptions and biased influences.
One characteristic of my blog that I would like to specifically address is the nature of its broad subject matter. When the project began, I had such little knowledge on the subject, I didn’t even know how to begin to choose a more specific sub-topic. So I decided to just start writing, and once I felt comfortable, narrow the focus on my blog. However, the more I wrote, the more I realized how hard it was to narrow my analysis of a topic this important. This difficulty was especially emphasized by the fact that my choice of a candidate to support changed depending on which issue to focus on specifically. Each candidate’s platform is based on how they prioritize each of the issues and its importance in the spectrum of all other issues. Because of this, if I chose to focus on an issue like liability reform, my opinion would be shifted toward Mitt Romney, while if I focused on the coverage preexisting conditions, Obama would be the superior candidate. I really wanted to get a look at the strengths and weaknesses of both candidate’s plans, and the best way to do this was write a blog analyzing the issue as a whole.
That being, said, what is my opinion? I was very hesitant to state this explicitly in my blog, because when it comes down to it, I am the most indecisive person in the history of mankind. It literally took me until 3 days after the deadline to decide I was going to UNC (over NC State, gross… I know), anyways, I digress. The point being, my opinion changed a lot over the course of this project, and I often felt that I still didn’t know where I stood. So, did I just close my eyes and bubble at the poles on November 6th? No, I was remarkably able to come to a decision. I decided to support our current president, and the president of the next four years, Barack Obama. Now, I could dedicate an entirely separate blog to my arrival at a conclusion, but unfortunately there is not time for that. So, all I will say is that insight I gained from writing this blog, along with many other things, definitely influenced my final decision.
I came into this project an embarrassingly uninformed, unknowingly biased, and slightly scared baby in the world of politics, and I have emerged an politically affluent and carefully opinionated voting adult. The creation of this blog could not have come at a better time for me, and was just the motivation I needed to ensure I could vote with confidence. My skill as a logical and unbiased writer in the social sciences has increased dramatically over the course of this blog, making me proud of my participation in my very first election, and excited for many more to come.