Lyrics for Billboard No1 singles have average reading age of 8yrs old. (Well they don’t want to encourage people to think now do they?)
I often wonder if younger people might be a little bit more engaged with politics if they were exposed to politics a little bit more through the people they look-up to and are obviously influenced by, such as musicians, songwriters, comedians, entertainment in general. I think this because from my early teens onwards, the musicians/music/artists/poets/writers I listened to and read were very political, lyrically etc. There were shows like Spitting Image and comedians/entertainers like Ben Elton, although you could describe those two as somewhat mainstream I’m giving them as an example only.Many of my influences could be described as “anti-establishment” the bands and groups printing their own protest pamphlets detailing the different injustices of the time and what groups/organisations were doing to stand up against the wrongs throughout the world, we may not have had social media but we came together through creativity, art, music, poetry etc, it certainly made me and many others more aware of the world around me, offering different points of view, some I agreed with some I despised, but there was more on offer than a bland manufactured consensus and it was a catalyst that enabled me to question, then look for my own answers and come up with a hopefully informed opinion. Something which I feel seems sadly lacking in those that are influencing younger people these days.