I hear from a lot of adults and even news sources about something they all believe is a very big issue: the younger generation are not interested in the world around them. Young people aren’t interested in politics or global issues, they don’t read/listen to/watch the news, etc. Based on my experiences, as well as the people I know, this is completely false. The majority of students at my school are very connected to the world around them and up-to-date on a lot of the political going-ons. Granted, some of them occasionally get their information from programs such as The Daily Show or The Colbert Report (I’ll admit to having learned of some pretty important events through Jon and Stephen), but the bottom line is: a lot of members of the younger generation are paying attention to what’s happening in the world, and they are getting involved in some of these global issues. Huge programs such as the Model United Nations (MUN) and the Junior State of America (JSA) are extremely popular, and kids from all over the country get involved and go to conferences in their region. I can vouch for the popularity of the Oregon MUN program: over 1000 kids come together to talk about some of the biggest issues facing our planet at this time (arms trafficking, terrorism, human trafficking, etc.), and these are issues that are actually being debated at the real UN itself. Students really do get involved with these issues and participate in debates around these issues, both local and global.
In addition, programs such as ourworldtv.tv incorporate news stories for the current generation (the ones with the full power of social media and accessible cameras). This is undeniable proof that our generation is politically aware of what’s going on in the world around us: we are paying attention, we are talking about these issues, and we are doing something about it. I won’t deny that some of my friends don’t actually know what’s happening in the upcoming presidential elections, and that’s where people are getting the idea that this generation isn’t really interested about what’s happening out there. But, as I said above, a lot of us do care and are doing something about it. Not everyone gets to change the world, and because there are a lot of us out there who care, I think our generation will do just fine when the previous generation passes on the torch.