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1 in 3 Teens Think First Amendment Goes Too Far - What a Legacy Gen-X Has Created for Gen-Y
Age: 18-24 - Registered: 39.2 Voted: 16.6
Age: 25-34 - Registered: 52.4 Voted: 28.0
Age: 35-44 - Registered: 62.3 Voted: 40.7
Age: 45-54 - Registered: 69.3 Voted: 50.7
Age: 55-64 - Registered: 74.0 Voted: 63.3
Why Gen-X Doesn't Vote
> Gen-X Disengagement Assured the Ascendancy of the Right <
As the graph to the left illustrates, generation X completely tossed out the window the notion of becoming a well-rounded person - of bettering oneself from the inside through an education in the liberal arts - in favor of crass materialism. Getting that degree, that slip of paper, as a mechanism toward higher earning potential, that is what 'higher education' is perceived to be for most of Gen-X and for some of Gen-Y it now appears.[Graph courtesy UCLA Higher Education Research Institute]
The woeful lack of knowledge of current affairs coincides almost directly with the rise in easy consumer credit and the explosion of cheap electronic consumer entertainments (and the growth of media culture). Idealistic youth gave way to idle youth anesthetized through their videogames, PCs, iPods, and so on (Walkmans, PacMan, VHS, in the early days). [Graph courtesy UCLA Higher Education Research Institute]
The dramatic rise in cheating by students at all levels of U.S. education has also corresponded with the shift in values [once linked, be sure to click on the graphs] among the young which itself corresponds to the rise in easy consumer credit and the explosion of consumer entertainments. It was the post-Watergate period when these trendlines emerged and intersected: a cynical, drug-hazed youth turned off to what they saw as corrupt politics; the explosion of entertainment culture and a hardened, more cynical set of social mores combined to anesthetize and divert an entire generation from good ethics and social responsibility[US News Survey from 1999 ... Graph from Josephson Institute Survey - 1998]
Last I heard there were still serious problems facing the world: Poverty, 3/5's of the world's population not eating every day, war, child soldiers, the disparity of wealth and concentration of capital in too few hands, loss of privacy rights, sub-standard status for females, illiteracy, racism, AIDS pandemic, bioengineering of lifeforms, rising oceans, lack of clean water, global warming, species die-offs, loss of wildlife habitat, destruction of forests, rivers, and reefs...etc. [~ Ed.]
The only Xer to make a meaningful political/artistic contribution to society:...she never lost her resolve. She was steadfast in her belief in her own artistic vision. When the shouting was all over and the memorial opened, it was as if a great healing took place. Art at its highest function was realized.
Many of the self-appointed Xer Politicos of the late 80s and 90s were right-wing or ultra-right shills. READ: FAIR.org Article