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Why are we Apathetic?

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Louise M. Hart

In 1990 I started university. Joining a small but influential group of student political activists, I did not turn the world red but actualised my belief system and tried to make a difference. If the propaganda machine is to be believed, young people feel more disengaged from politics today than ever before.

Attributing voter apathy to the inadequacies of the mainstream parties and the present political system is at best teleological. The political climate merely reflects the wider ideological state of society and infrastructural influences on the way ideas are generated. Young peoples’ apathy mirrors the nature of dominant ideology.

Just as the media destroyed Ed Miliband’s credibility as a leader, it contributes to how we view the political process. If we are fed the same information over and over again, we are more likely to believe it. During the run up to last week’s general election…

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