posted on Aug, 17 2012 @ 01:31 AM
I wasn't sure whether to post this here or in the "Education and Media" forum, so feel free to relocate this if it's in the wrong spot.
There's a primary reason why activism and interest in world events aren't important to teenagers and younger adults, and that's because corporations
sell them rebellion in the form of music and fashion because it distracts people from noticing the important issues. The people who desire not to
conform and make a difference will think they're doing so through supporting a certain artist (usually a mainstream "alternative" band such as My
Chemical Romance, Green Day, Paramore, etc) because their desire for change has been transferred to something more acceptable to society.
In the past decades, most teenagers "rebelled" through attending protests or trying to become in some form of activism. Most of the popular artists
at the time sang about social and political issues. Since there would a great danger to the world in most politicians and businessmen eyes if there
was more social justice and less corruption, the rebellion that is marketed today glorifies dyeing one's hair black and wearing ripped skinny jeans
because that's not a general threat.
Likewise, teenagers are told that this "Need to rebel" is just a phase that they will soon discard as they get older and more assimilated into
society. They are told that their view of the world is incorrect because there is a reason why things are the way that they are. Wanting to change
the world is just a symptom of growing up; in more extreme cases there is a word for that kind of desire in psychology text-books. A "Messiah
Complex". Why? Because we're taught that this society that we live in is not perfect, but it has the most ideal conditions for this period in time,
and that there is no need to change the status quo if it mostly works.
Of course, this is just a theory.
Do you think that the government and the media channel the need for change in the world into more acceptable forms of rebellion so that their power
over the people is not threatened?
edit on 17-8-2012 by xKhaosXREVolutionXx because: Public Ignorance