Uninformed, by Arthur Lupia, seeks to understand a fundamental problem with the current political environment: a complete lack of basic knowledge about politics. Lupia does an admirable job of attempting to explain what often appears to be the disconnect between the realities on the ground and public perception of those realities. In some ways, Lupia falls into his own trap: the problem is not that the public lacks information, after all.
The problem is that the information doesn’t CONNECT with them in a meaningful way. Lupia has done his homework and presents all the information. Unfortunately, the dry writing style and focus of process means that the people who need to understand this the most are the least likely to really grasp it. It essentially reinforces what many of us already know but doesn’t really deliver on the “how” of overcoming the problem.
Notice: I received a complimentary copy of this title through NetGalley for review.