Today the Guardian published a comment by Zoe Williams on Sunday's Generation London debate. The piece focussed on the issues of youth and political apathy. Williams argues that rather than explore the ways we can coerce the next generation into political activism (through pop-mechanisms like text-message voting and internet polls), we should instead demonstrate that the political system is fixed, and for their voices to be heard they have to participate in said system.

The article has sparked heated debate in its comments section, from readers who agree with the practical viewpoints of the author to encourage participation as it is presently accepted to those angrily protesting the limitations of the current framework. Clearly young people need to be engaged and their interests accommodated, but the best way to go about realising those needs remains a bit fuzzy.

Posted by: Jaffer Kolb on 28/06/07



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