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?

Anyway…


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  1. *gets out the anti-knot materials*

    10 Apr 2005, 18:52

  2. I guess you're right, but maybe it's just because the wider world's different now. I mean the sixties saw a lot of change, but it's reasonably static these days. I dunno, perhaps we're all too comfortable to want to make a stance now. I'm sure there's an essay (or five hundred) in it somewhere.

    10 Apr 2005, 20:12

  3. Luke – Yay! Jumps up and punches air, happily

    Michael – Thank you for your comments. Watch this space, and I'll post the finished 1500 word article…

    10 Apr 2005, 21:52

  4. Idealism is not a dominant force in English culture anymore. Cynicism is the overwhelming characteristic now.

    In some ways this is good. Idealism often ends up at the gas chamber, the gulag, or somewhere equally unpleasant, thats a lesson history has taught us.

    Equally, however, become too cynical and you believe that it is impossible to change anything, which is part of the problem today. Additionally, with the complexity of many contemporary issues as examined by different media, a lot of people become confused, disheartened, and decide it doesn't affect them and take no stance on issues. Which is all a great shame.

    Just my two cents

    11 Apr 2005, 22:27


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