Part A: Essay plan
Thesis: Different people will not share the same view all the time because of different exposure levels, different knowledge and skills, politics, societal influence and the media.
Different people, even in the same career, have different level of exposure regarding a certain topic.
Life skills and knowledge acquisition places us on a different or best vantage position to offer a great insight to societal challenges and developments.
Politics always tend to pitch two people on different grounds.
Society view on a particular issue influences how members on the society will respond to the issue.
Influence by the media impacts people differently
Part B: Essay
It is evidently clearly that two people with different expertise can at one point share similar View of the world, but not all the time. Some of the main contributors towards these differences include our level of exposure concerning the issue, our understanding of the issue, our expertise on the issue, what our role models may think of the issue, our political differences or inclinations and the societal view on the issue through our cultural teachings and behavior inherited from our forefathers and media influence on the issue. Every day we interact with one another on the way, over the internet and at work place. There are many topics that always draw our attention and issues that require our inputs. Many times, we often have divergent views while at times we seem to agree with other people’s take on the issue or situation at hand.
Human exposure on a given topic influences an individual decision making process or their reply concerning the issue. Someone who is knowledgeable on the issue will always give a deep thought and interpretation based on past skills acquired before a reply. Such people will disregard face value and go to the main point so as to advance a superior opinion. This is contrary to someone who has little or no knowledge about a similar topic of interest. The less knowledgeable person will tend to give a reply on adding their voice based on the literal understanding of the issue without thinking of an existence of alternative view. According to Innis (2008) our levels of exposure directly influence our understanding as it influences both our intrapersonal and interpersonal skills.
Life skills and knowledge acquisition place us in a different or better vantage position to offer a great insight to societal challenges and developments. For instance, a security expert addressing insecurity challenges facing particular region or country will be completely different with how sociologists view such phenomena. The security officer is likely to blame the society for harboring the criminals and failing to cooperate with the security system of a state. The same views of the police officer in the United States will bear great similarity with another police officer in South Africa. However, a sociologist will blame the existing societal systems and institutional programs for failing to offer relevant teachings and skills that can enable those engaging in criminal acts to secure meaningful employment. These expertise views show how two different individuals can agree to disagree on a particular issue based on their own understanding that is shaped by their profession.
Politics always tend to pitch two people on different grounds. A government address on certain governance and economic issues will tend to highlight on things the government has done or continue doing to improve on the situation. On the contrary, an opposition politician or supporter will focus on what the government has not done and that which it should have done. The rhythm changes when the current opposing politician together with their entire political party forms the next government. Their views will be similar to the previous regime's response. This shows how our political inclination dictates our views. We intend to agree with the views of the political party we support and will always defend their utterances on every ground while criticizing in equal measures on what the competitor is saying.
Society's view on a particular issue influences how members of the society will respond to the issue. For example, if a society is opposing a particular government initiative such as health interventions through encouraging members of the community to agree to free screening and treatment offered. Individual members of the society will fight to the end to ensure they don’t betray other members of the community (Brogaard, 2014) as this will signalize rebellion and can attract a penalty of being excommunicated.
In such situations when we personally agree that the initiative is to the best interest of community, individual members cannot defy the views of senior members of the society (Burthold, 2007). They then act as a one united family maintaining the community rhythm. Inside the community, there are role models who also command massive following and their say or comment on an issue is seemed to be the best any person can adopt. Chitede (2011) argues that people will then embrace such contributions and personalize them making other people see such views as their own take.
Lastly, the media plays a crucial role in making viewers adopt a popular view through much publicity that is good enough to crush our initial understanding of things in our environment. The way something is reported changes public opinion and the media is always on top of their game to get massive following and loyalty (Monge and Contractor, 2003). However, every media station adopts a different point of view which they intend to popularize among their viewers. In such situations, you will find two people or two groups with distinct views already infiltrated by their favorite media
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