| Teenagers are less and less interested
in politics and current affairs.
you may know, there have recently been local and European parliament
you may not know is that there was only a 30% turnout at the polling
figure is likely to decrease over the next five years or so, as
teenagers are less and less interested in politics and current affairs.
people would be quick to blame the 'complacent and lazy attitude
of the young today', however, I feel that they have been a little
quick to point the finger.
you asked teenagers in Gloucestershire if they listened to, read,
or watched the news in any way, there would be a relatively large
amount of "yeses".
on closer examination (and this is purely speculation based on experience)
they would be clued up on some, but not all of the major news stories
of the moment, and even if they were aware of events, they are likely
to be hazy about details.
would probably be even less knowledge about political parties and
issues or events in the houses of parliament.
| They simply do not give the depth of information
patchy knowledge that they do have is likely to have been gathered
through news bulletins on Radio 1, via txt, or in the ad-break before
Home and Away.
I do not feel this is entirely our fault.
are many 'quick-news' facilities geared towards young people but
they simply do not give the depth of information required.
more factually rich broadsheets and 6 o'clock news programmes simply
don't appeal to teenagers and so they are branded as "boring"
attitude may also be being created by the feeling that we can not
affect anything going on in the world.
for example, top-up university fees, it will affect the majority
of us, but very few people were actually asked their opinion.
political ignorance has stemmed from a similar root; lack of accessible
and imaginative information sources resulting in apathy or, worse,
is then magnified by the impression that it is increasingly hard
to trust politicians.
example, there have been several scandals that have been uncovered
from some UK parliaments and local councils.
scandal interests teenagers whereas policies do not, and so this
is the only impression they receive of governmental activities.
It is increasingly hard to trust politicians.
society today has been almost completely divided into those who
don't care, and those who care so much that they will try anything
to get their point noticed.
neither of these cases are a healthy way for people to feel.
don't think that there's an instant cure-all for this problem, but
I do believe that changing the image of the media, and in that way
the outlook on politics, is essential if this situation is to be
more, or at least easier, ways for young people to get their opinion
heard by the right individuals (who can do something) may also help.
need to catch teenagers now before we are left with an entire society
that is either very despondent, or massively overemphatic about
current affairs and governmental issues.
must regain the balance as soon as possible.
by Lou Parkinson
article contains user-generated content (ie external contribution)
expressing a personal opinion, not the views of BBC Gloucestershire.
Blair, Blair, or Blah, Blah, Blah?
The reason we dotn care anymore is because it has gotten to serious
and cut throat. We dont want to vote if we are only going to stir
up things that we dont want to. we have enough problems and enough
issues to deal with and we dont need to add polotics to the list.
I would consider myslef reasonably interested in politics. I listen
to the 'Today Programme', watch the six 'o clock news and occasionally
buy the guardian. The problem is, we lack plain, unbiased information.
Quite a lot of the information which we recieve is in the form of
satire which isn't very impartial. If you mentioned Michael Howard
we would think of the vampires in 'Dead Ringers' and if someone
said that they supported the BNP we would immediately think 'fascists'.
I would suggest that some sort of campaign that was independant
of political bias or loyalties would be set up to allow us to get
the facts. There will come a time when we just become to tired to
see through the spin and the only voting we will ever do will be
on 'Big Brother'.
Jeremy, thanks for your lovely comments. It doesn't actually say
when you posted it so it's probably been here a while but I didn't
actually realise I had a comments box on the bottom of this article.
I have written a couple of others, my one on dependence on technology
is on the website at the moment and I have one on volunteers which
you can now access through the archive box on the side of the technology
article. I don't think I ever will run for elections, I want to
be a teacher, but hopefully I can encourage the right kind of people
to take up governing this country that way. Charlie, you make some
very good points and I'm really pleased to know that you do care.
I hope that there are more people like you out there and so our
country won't be in such dire straits after all. Keep paying attention
and change what you can about people's attitudes.
I love Tony! Keep up the good work!
I believe young people are actually very interested in politics.
However they are not interested in party politics which occupy the
majority of the news articles. We should give young people more
credit, I have found many young people are actually very interested
in issues which affect their lives. By giving young people more
responisibily in their communities and schools, they will value
the importance of politics and rate it as a higher priority in their
I think that your article rings true not only in Gloucestershire
but throughout the country and maybe the world. You are an inspiration
to teenagers and obviously care a great deal for this country. Please
will you let us know when you are running for governmental elections-
or maybe in the nearer future, when you write your next article.
I hope you continue to spread the word as i see you as a positive
influence on society
I am thirteen and Im interested in current affairs, we should
be. We all live in the world, we need to know whats going
on and if its bad, try to stop it, like when 500,000 people
went on the countryside march, including myself. The fact is, is
that most people find news incredibly boring and dont care
about what happens to the world as long as at that moment they are
safe and happy.