Youth and Politics

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If young people become completely unsupportive towards politics or issues that happen to our country, could our country eventually end up in ruin?

Has our young people become disengaged to the future of this country?  Unfortunately, this is the scenario we have been experiencing from the beginning of the 21st Century.  More and more youth have become more and more disengaged from politics. Why? There is a grey area towards youth issues and less economic security due to political distractions in Australia and globally such as: the recession around the world, petrol prices and the war on terror are just some of the examples.  However, the main issue here is the use of digital technologies in global youth political mobilization, as political debates or discussions are mostly on the news or newspaper.  (In Chile) “Between 1988 – 2009, turnout (electoral engagement) in the 18-29 age group decreased from 35% to less than 9%”.  If the youth have been completely disengaged, could it be too late to captivate the youth in terms of politics?

As times progress and culture continues to change, the youth are putting away the newspapers and picking up their iPhone to acquire information via social media. Currently Jenkins (2012) mentions that we are living in the digital age and social media is the new turn of public interaction and public information. What are we to say if the information is not provided through the media platforms the youth use? It is time to simply get with the times and move forward from newspapers and news television! Who has ever seen an adolescent or young adult read a newspaper. Simple solution, taking advantage of the use of new social media platforms, facebook, twitter etc.  Using twitter by the use of hash tagging particular topics regarding political or the public discussions. Or by facebook page, using online polls, information about endeavours/plans and the use of clicktivism, which has sparked a sensation on how to support a cause by a simple click.

A successful example of global youth mobilization is the Kony 2012 movement that went viral from tagging, linking and sharing their thoughts towards the matter. The use of clicktivism, following, sharing and online merchandise enabled the audience to interact or be part of a great cause.

Basically, the use of process to appeal to the audience will rescue the information that matters most. In this case it is the future of our nation, and it is the media’s responsibility to keep the public notified affectively and not have to look for it. With the use of online content and the supply of information thereof, political participation from the youth will be accomplished.

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