||After reading Cory Doctorow's novel, Little Brother,
the major problem I noticed about the book was that the antagonists of
the story were American citizens who trusted and relied on authority to
protect them. As a young adult who trusts authority, I was offended
that someone like me is portrayed as an ignorant and stupid American in this book.|
the political scandals of the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal, and the controversy of the
Pentagon Papers in the 1960s and 1970s, it was a popular belief that no
one under 30 trusted the United States government.
that we have
passed the 21st century mark, polls say that the majority of the
American public under 30 today is actually more trusting of the
government of all age
groups. Especially after the election of President Obama, many groups
of youth, especially minorities and women have expressed that the
government is trying to do what is best for the American public. While Cory Doctorow might believe this is a bad thing, I think that this will help America's future.
But why are the different generations changing their perspectives
on the US government? Why are the two generations growing farther and
farther apart from each other in social and ideological opinions? This can help and hurt America in many ways and with Congress now at a stalemate on many issues, how will this affect the youth's views on the government?