Tutor profile: Ben D.
How do I write better?
Good writing doesn't have to be complicated in structure or in style. The three, or five if you're feeling fancy, paragraph structure that most learn early in school is completely valid in professional contexts. Introduce the idea, explain the idea, summarize the idea. People like stories which have a clear beginning, middle, and end.
Subject: US Government and Politics
Why is the US government so dysfunctional?
Governmental dysfunction in the US stems from many sources and both political parties are quick to blame the other. From a less partisan and more systems thinking perspective, there are three big causes contributing to our current dysfunction: it was designed to be dysfunctional; federalism; and age. First, when the founding fathers first debated creating a new form of government they focused on contrast with what came before, a hereditary monarch in whom most or all powers of the state were vested. So, one of the big founding principles was checks and balances, whereby the different branches can counteract the other, and build enough friction into the system that things to slow so concentrations of power are impossible. Second, the federalist system they created whereby all power originates from the states who are then able to delegate it up (to the federal government) or down (to local governments) means there are a lot of inefficiencies and overlaps. In practice, this means that while there is a hierarchy of levels of government (most commonly federal, state, county, municipal) the higher level generally has limited authority to order lower levels to do anything. Finally, while it is a point of pride that the US has the oldest continuously active codified constitution it also means some aspects made more sense when originally written. One often cited example of this is the electoral college, which while always biased towards over representation of less populated states has become far more skewed in their favor as the rise of cities as major population centers means populations are less balanced.
Subject: Digital Media
Do you have to be on every social media network?
Which social media network you use depends on what you are trying to accomplish and who you are trying to reach. Although there are no hard rules, there are general trends for example the Facebook audience skews older than Instagram; Twitter is a better place directly reach influencers than the general population, but those influencers may relay your message across other networks. In general, you are better off developing relationships and regular content for one or two platforms than haphazardly and inconsistently posting to all of them.
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