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Blog 11: Now and Then

The only thing constant is change.”                  

         When American author and professor Issac Asimov spoke these words, little did he know how truly applicable his statement was to this wonderful democratic system of ours. The only thing anyone can always count on, especially over vast periods of time, is change. Over time inventions and discoveries in all fields have altered the way in which Americans go about conducting their daily lives. All realms of life, including our political one, are affected by the constant forward motion of American society. The term “democratic citizen” in 2010 evokes a very different image for me than it would my 72-year-old grandma when she was 22-years-old. When I think of being a democratic citizen right now, I think  at the very least one should vote and ideally engage in some form of online or “real-life” political participation. When my parents and grandparents were 22-years-old, they did not have the option to participate politically online, so being a “democratic citizen” probably involved much more time and effort. Although being a “democratic citizen” means different things to different generations, I do not necessarily think that is a bad thing but more of an inevitable one. It’s hard to say what generation had a better or more involved approach when it came to being a “democratic citizen”, because we really do not know what the future holds. W. Lance Bennett’s article, Changing Citizenship in the Digital Age, offered great insight on the evolution of what it means to be a “democratic citizen”, and one line I felt held especially true:

“The future of democracy is in the hands of these young citizens of the so-called digital age.”

   No matter how this foray into online politics turns out, our generation controls democracy’s future, and how things evolve from here on out.





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