I think I speak for everyone, when I ask, "Is this election over yet?" It's 8:56pm on Election Day and the polls have officially closed on the East Coast. I've been actively avoiding election media coverage all day and have instead been binging on "Say Yes to the Dress" and hockey. There's only so much longer I can stick my head in the sand.
If I'm honest, I've been generally avoiding any political media for past 10 months if I can help it. After the primaries it became pretty clear who I would be voting for. It seemed like a good mental health decision to try and ignore it as much as possible. At the same time, I've been feeling incredibly guilty about this decision. Not because I think everyone needs to be constantly plugged in to CNN or their news outlet of choice, but because I haven't been doing much to create a world that I do want to live in; I've just been avoiding one I don't want.
Perhaps that's what makes spaces like this so important. HASTAC and other, similar spaces provide an opportunity to imagine an alternate future. To explore and experiment with new technologies and methods for better understanding the human experience. For talking about diversity and the importance of diverse perspectives. Maybe it's just my idealism speaking, but it's nice to know I haven't lost that, despite the high stakes of today's vote.
Regardless of who wins tonight, we need to do better. As individuals, as communities, as a country.
...And my boyfriend just turned on the election results coverage. Ignorance was nice while it lasted. Fingers crossed things go the right way.