The world may be doomed and most people don’t pay attention, but is that anything new?
Posted by Lissa on July 9, 2012
Unsustainable debt. A deteriorating military apparatus. A breakdown of the blue model in Europe and in many states; local governments and municipalities going bankrupt. The rise of a competing economic power in China that comes with a dictatorial government and an absolutely unsustainable demographic time bomb. And yet, the majority of adults in our country can’t name our Attorney General, can’t name the major players in the European Union, and will look at you blankly when you inform them that Medicare and Social Security cannot and will not continue as they have, because you can’t make up numbers forever.
They can probably tell you who the finalists are in American Idol, though. Or maybe Survivor, or Dancing With the Stars.
And yet . . . is this really any different than normal?
I’m too young to really have perspective on this, but surely during the Cold War the world was far more dangerous than it is today. The breakdown of the USSR was surely more disruptive than watching Russia and China angle for political and regional influence and power. And while the Middle East is a sucky mess, at least none of the neighboring countries have tried to push the Jews into the sea in the last few decades.
Were voters *actually* more informed twenty years ago? Thirty years ago? Hell, it hasn’t been THAT long since politics was “men’s business.”
Information is much more easily accessible nowadays – and, I think, much more interesting. We just have to convince our fellow adults that following politics is more fun than following soap operas.