In American culture during the ’60s and ’70s, the young were defined by their political persuasions and the role they played in actively asserting these views within the social spectrum. An undeniable revolutionary buzz reverberated through the times, making the omnipresence of change a shared experience which bonded and characterized an entire generation. Though little more than 40 years have elapsed since this exciting period, it seems almost entirely out of reach today for a generation that has seemingly been seduced into a culture of political apathy.
Today, overwhelming majorities of young people adopt a lethargic approach to politics, replacing prophetic icons such as Dylan and Ginsberg with the likes of Paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson. We increasingly turn our backs on the harsh realities portrayed on daily news channels, choosing instead to venerate celebrities as the definitive figureheads worthy of our adoration.
This scathing view I realize is far from uniformly accurate, for indeed there is also a large part of our generation who is deeply interested in politics. But, there is an undoubtedly marked difference in the way in which we choose to approach and enforce our views. College campuses today have a dramatically diminished number of politically motivated organizations compared with those of our parents’ era. Interestingly, this is not due to that fact that there is less raison d’