.@ChrisEvans wants to fix what is broken in Washington.— WIRED (@WIRED) January 15, 2020
His new project, A Starting Point, aims to give all Americans the TL;DR on WTF is going on in politics. Turns out it’s a lot harder than punching fake-Nazis on the big screen. 1/
A Starting Point gives politicians space to speak directly to constituents, through videos on a variety of issues. The point, Evans says, is giving Americans cheap seats on the kinds of conversations that are happening on Capitol Hill 2/ https://t.co/MicVod8Vqb— WIRED (@WIRED) January 15, 2020
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Evans isn't naive. He knows A Starting Point probably won’t save America. But it could piece together some of what’s been broken. A fresh start. A starting point, if you will.— WIRED (@WIRED) January 15, 2020
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- His new civil project website, 'A Starting Point,' is set to launch in February.
- Got the idea while he was filming "Avengers Infinity War." He was watching the news and they mentioned an unfamiliar acronym (well, to him), either NAFTA or DACA. He couldn't remember if it was a good thing or a bad thing.
- He googled and then went on Wikipedia, and it was too long, too many pages. In short, it was TL;DR. “'I just wanted a basic understanding, a basic history, and a basic grasp on what the two parties think.' He decided to build the resource he wanted for himself." Like a Schoolhouse Rock
- He has a partnership with Mark Kassen (his costar in the 2011 film, 'Puncture'), and Joe Kiani, the founder and CEO of a medical technology company called Masimo and they discussed it over lobstah rolls.
- THERE WILL BE FACT-CHECKING!!! However, Evans had to fight Kassen for it. He won.
- The politicians who participated will provide videos about issues. However, if anything is false, those videos will not be uploaded.
- When he started the interviews, he felt it wasn't his lane. Eventually, he loosened up. Still, he's stressing.
- The article goes over briefly on how to use the site.
- They're doing tests just in case the site crashes due to his fans on the first day.
- However, his site isn't the first of his kind.
“We have many years of research on these questions, and the consensus among scholars is that the proliferation of media choices—including sites like Evans’—has not increased political knowledge or participation,” says Lauren Wright, a political researcher at Princeton and author of "Star Power: American Democracy in the Age of the Celebrity Candidate."
“The problem isn’t the lack of information. It’s the lack of interest.” Jonathan Albright, director of the Digital Forensics Initiative at Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, agrees. “All of these fact-checking initiatives, all of this work that goes into trying to disambiguate issues or trying to reduce noise—people have no time,” he says. “Some people care about politics, but those are not the people you need to reach.”
Thank you @wired for letting me be on your cover to discuss A Starting Point. Thank you @StreiberPhoto for your lovely images. And thank you @pardesoteric for your thoughtful writing, but more importantly, thank you for understanding that toilet paper woes transcend party lines https://t.co/QorlsIwV2X— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) January 15, 2020
SOURCES: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
ONTD, do you have time to read and learn about issues, despite there being too much information?
ETA: forgot to link the sixth source below, Mods.