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April 09, 2010
Vol. 51 No. 19

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Apathy always a 'hot-button issue'

If you knew me, I bet the one thing you'd say I hate the most is butting heads in a yell-til-I'm-blue political debate with someone with completely different views. You're wrong...or I at least I found out that I was wrong this week when I realized there is someone even worse to fight with than my polar opposites: the apathetic.

Apathy has always been a hot-button issue on campus, whether it's students not attending Susquehanna events, not recycling their plastic bottles with a receptor just two feet away or, my personal favorite, not writing into The Crusader when they are ticked off at something.

Apathy or ignorance to the world around you is a personal pet peeve of mine, and the annoyance burned even more after hearing a classmate say, "I don't care about the news because none of it affects me."

I call shenanigans.

Perhaps I'm a little biased as a journalist, but not caring about the news in such a historic political era on top of living in this information age or, as the Black Eyed Peas put it, being in the "now generation," is just not matching up.

Agree with it or not, the health care and education reforms that were passed recently change how Americans live; the people elected to public office make decisions that affect us; and hell, even the release of the iPad last week will likely change the direction of new technology that we use in almost every aspect of our lives.

How can you not have an opinion about any of that? Health care reform alone will affect your money, your taxes, your parents, your children, your education and American fundamentals as a whole. And some of you still say you only pay attention to news that concerns you.

Being educated on current events and being able to apply it to your life does take a little bit of digging and research.

While I can understand being turned off by the extremist talking heads of 24-hour news channels and the new social medium taking over every year, today's latest technology provides society with information at any level of understanding and personal taste. You can get headlines and breaking news sent to you in your e-mail, your phone inbox and even right to your door step.

I'm sure most of you reading this agree with me because the apathetic at Susquehanna probably wouldn't have bothered picking up The Crusader. It only proves that if there is anything harder than changing the die-hard opinions of your polar opposite, it is making people care in the first place.



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