Youth, social media and the Election #GE2015 @drbexl

This week I was asked to write a piece for Durham University on Youth, Social Media and the Election. This, as with many things, has applications for the church – thinking about how we reach “the young” (although let’s be careful about age generalisations), so I thought I’d share it as my post this month. It starts:

Dr Bex Lewis examines the role played by social media in the election and considers its influence on younger voters.

Russell Brand’s interview with Ed Miliband on The Trews has been viewed by nearly 1 million people. Many of the commentators have applauded Miliband for being prepared to engage with the tough questions – and the disillusioned voters. Brand said of the encounter, “I think it shows a lot about Ed Miliband that he was prepared to come around here.”

Russell Brand, famously, has never voted, and had urged his followers not to bother on Election Day, as he doesn’t believe that voting makes a difference.Statistics show that 18-24 year olds do have some of the lowest turnouts at elections, and that a large number of those believe that they do not have a real say, as politicians break promises, don’t listen, are inauthentic, and ‘all the same’.

Read full article (and not quite resisting the temptation to refer to Joel 2 “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten”). Make what you will of that!

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