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April 10, 2005

Students of the World Untie!

I'm struggling at the minute with my journalism piece for CW.
So I'm listening to Greenday: Warning, hoping that it will illicit the rebelious teenager in me, and inspire me to write something gritty and passionate.
Because I'm writing about a subject close to my heart, or at least my spleen: Student Protests.

Basically, I'm angry that the political apathy that seems to be sweeping across the nation seems to have penetrated the universities and the same student population that only a few decades ago was willing to fight and die for the cause.
I mean, look at the Iraq and Top-up-fees protests. Those are the only major demos that have happened in my memory, and look at the scale of those in comparison to the sixties, where there were mass sit-ins, riots students getting shot, arrested, feminists burning their bras and people setting themselves on fire, just to make a statement and be heard.
People these days still have posters of Che Guevara on their walls, but because he's an iconic figure, rather than because they support his political ideas.
Why have we become so apathetic? Why? Why? Why?


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