Americans are increasingly cynical, according to an article in the Orlando Sentinel. Titled “Cynicism Reigns,” the piece chronicles various scandals, the economy, Internet and other disheartening signs such as low voter turnout that cause Americans to view the world cynically.
“People feel that any way they turn — to church, to the government, to the stock market or to the love of their life — they're being disillusioned,” said Iva Deutchman, professor of political science. “It can get to the point where you don't even want to get out of bed in the morning — let alone do anything more complicated, like voting.”
Deutchman also wondered whether Americans are simply being more realistic. “Maybe people are just being smart and grown-up,” she said. “Maybe they're seeing the world for what it is. It's a little sad, but it may be that, thanks to the discredited media, we're more painfully aware of the lies we've been told.”
Deutchman was also interviewed live on KCMO radio in Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 6 about Arnold Schwarzenegger and the California recall vote.