The current generation of young people is less politically active. Do you agree?
The current economic crisis in most of the western world, coupled with the alarmist views of global warming and its doomed consequences, has put forward, once more, the question as to whether or not the current generation is less politically active than previous generations. The current generation of young people is less politically active if is compared to previous generations; however this is beginning to change over the past few years. The current generation of young people has been less politically active, not by their own choice, but because the economic system under which they have grown foster individualistic thoughts and habits of consumption rather than habits of political concern. This situation is changing drastically however, because recent economic conditions in most of the world have deteriorated to the point that the survival of the planet earth is at stake. This essay will examine the current economic system and the media saturation as factors that lead to a political apathy in young people; and how the current economic crisis is beginning to turn this apathy into political interest and activeness.
The actual economic system (capitalism) in which society lives, has pushed the current young generation towards a political apathy. During the “cold war” era there were two major confronted ideologies of development; Capitalism and Socialism (Dua, 2011). It is suggested that this duality induced youth (previous generations) to take political position and choose to take part in one or the other. With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the world went from a bipolar to a unipolar political view (Krauthammer cited in Wohlforth 1999, p.5); this may have caused, in the current generation, an increasingly diminishing interest in political issues. According to Akeil (n.d., p. 11), globalisation under a capitalist unipolar view of the world, promotes the phenomena of...
References: The Economist, 2011, ‘The jobless young’, 10 September, viewed 08 May 2012, <http://www.economist.com/node/21528614>.
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