In the wake of the election, I've resolved to imagine others more complexly than ever before. I don't want to just right off everyone who voted Trump as garbage. Right now, I refuse to believe that someone who buys a tshirt that was made in China does so for the expressed purpose of actively foiling human/workers rights. Right now, I refuse to believe that some one who skips the organic, fair-trade coffee does so because they want to see the environment destroyed, or a Nicaraguan farmer ruined. And right now, I refuse to believe voting for Donald Trump means you love every part of him, and aren't horrified by the bits of him that are horrifying.
But am I wrong to refuse to believe?
I'm realizing now what a good job I've done in self-selecting my own little truth bubble. I follow Vlogbrothers and WheezyWaiter and FiveThirtyEight and Hannah Hart because those people have the same values and thoughts and attitudes as me. They're people who connect the dots the same way I do, so I view them favorably. Their points of view sound right to me, since they're so similar to mine. I like and trust these voices because they sound just like mine. And I (like everyone else on the planet) agree with everything I say - if I didn't, I wouldn't be saying it, right?
If I want to imagine The Others more complexly, I need a more complex picture to work from. I need a more vaired diet of opinions and information and ideas.
That's why I've decided I want to start subscribing to more YouTubers that are conservative and libertarian. I want to hear the other side explain themselves IN THEIR OWN WORDS.
Problem is, I have no idea where to start.
What YouTubers, Podcasters, Bloggers, etc. should I be checking out? Reccomendations? John? Hank? Nerdfighteria? Who are the voices on the other side that I need to listen to in order to get a better grip on the WHOLE of the country I live in?
My only criteria is no conspiracy theories, no on-the-sleeve racist/sexist/homophobic/etc, simpleton stuff. You can suggest Alex Jones and Breitbart, but you're wasting your time. I'm only interested in serious voices. (And yes, there is a difference. Me saying "I want to hear the good stuff from the right" is not the same as saying "I want to hear EVERYTHING from the right." The same as what goes for the left - me saying John Oliver is good stuff, doesn't mean I follow Al-Shabab on twitter.)
I've started watching the National Review and WSJ on YouTube, and reading SE Cupp. I'm watching (recent) Megyn Kelly clips, and listening to more centrists, from Jonathan Haidt to Bill Burr.
But what else have people found? Anyone have suggestions?
And Vlogbrothers, a video recommending "good, nonbonkers rightwing public thinkers" would really help Nerdfighteria imagine others complexly, at a time that that acctually means a great deal.