This is the question my friend Mark Korshak is looking to answer in “Project Youthanized.”
But how do we truly compare generations?
Let’s consider a student in college 30 years ago, to the student today (The generation Y student). How would these students engage activism?
Years Ago: pass out fliers Today: send out emails
Years Ago: organize a rally Today: create a Facebook group
Years Ago: collect donations (change in a cup) Today: collect donations (PayPal)
Years Ago: attend a rally Today: watch a speech on YouTube
Years Ago: start a magazine Today: start a Blog
Technology must be considered in any cross generational comparison.
Although it may seem as if students today are indeed “apathetic”, I can’t help but wonder, is that really the case? If you’ve ever joined a facebook group, if you’ve ever commented on an article, if you’ve ever published ANYTHING to the web, then you have engaged some form of activism. You have made your voice heard. The extent of that activism however, is still unknown.
I wish Mark the best of luck in determining, how, if at all, “uniquely apathetic” our generation is, and how he goes about measuring the extent of this apathy.