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Location : Solihull, England
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PostSubject: Are we all apathetic?   Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:05 am

With voter turnout at elections falling year upon year, are we becoming more apathetic to politics? If so, why? Have we lost our wills to bring about change? Or are we just too lazy to try anymore?

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Location : Birmingham, UK
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PostSubject: Re: Are we all apathetic?   Fri Jul 25, 2008 5:00 pm

Politically, the electorate of Britain have been neaten down over the past 20 or 30 years, with successive governments proving time and again that they refuse to listen to what the public want and go ahead and do whatever they want to in spite of public opinion.

One of the most common things I hear when trying to discuss politics in this country is “what’s the point? They’re all the same anyway and they won’t take any notice of you, no matter what you try and do”. This may well be true (I’m not saying it is true, merely that it may be), but if you give up and stop trying to make your voice heard then they win and it becomes true.

The perfect ideal for any government is an under-educated, apathetic, selfish electorate that do as they’re told, don’t argue and don’t question anything the government tries to do. That way those in power can do whatever they want without any fear of consequences, because even if / when they get found out misbehaving the public are so apathetic, or are so busy being more interested in finding the cheapest car insurance, that they won’t do anything about it.

We have had 20 – 30 years of being told to shut up, do as we’re told and let the politicians get on with things without arguing and to encourage this, they have ensured that educational standards have dropped so that the new generations don’t know enough to question anything and are kept busy and distracted getting drunk in a night club on a Friday night and spending the rest of their time buying whatever the advertisers tell them to buy.

The media in this country is very powerful and extremely biased at the same time in the way they report events. This means that anyone that actually wants to find out the truth of things has to make a real effort to try and find unbiased information about the subject. It must be understood that the media that we have at the moment is more concentrated on advertising revenue and sensationalism in order to increase circulation that they are practically forced to bias their reporting to make it more exciting to read than their competitors’ versions. We have newspapers that obsessed with providing soft porn, celebrity gossip and tittle tattle in order to attract a certain audience, we have other newspapers that are obsessed with how immigration is bringing about the end of the world, how everything effects the price of your house and conspiracy stories in order to attract another certain audience, and so on. All this makes it extremely difficult for people to make up their minds based on accurate, unbiased reports. Propaganda, from all sides, is rife in our media at the moment.

Mind you, judging by the lack of posts on this forum, maybe we are all apathetic after all. Rolling Eyes
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