For the last six months, like many around the world, I’ve been glued to my TV. I’ve obsessively watched cable news, set my browser’s homepage to CNN and downloaded a handful of news apps to my phone. There was even a brief moment when I turned on the breaking news notifications; pop-up alerts on my phone every day.
Overloaded with information, I feel simultaneously more aware and more woke than ever before. The obsession started before the USA election, staying up all night to watch the political debates, to tune in on Twitter. And like so many people, I was confounded by the results of the election—just as I was equally surprised by other global affairs this past year. My vision, my ideals, my world as I knew it seemed to be disappearing.
Before the election even took place, I was planning a 3-month trip through the USA. I arrived to New York City days before the election, enough time to spot people queuing up for tickets to Hillary Clinton’s election night party. I’d…