Blog 5: Power to the People

The video “Dubstep rebellion – the British banlieue comes to Millbank” displayed the movement of students publically standing up against their government, in order to “change the game of politics.” Because the parliament’s interest lies not with the future generations, students, majority being undergraduates, see the tragic fate of their future. By the government refusing to accommodate to social demands, the society becomes incapable of conforming to the current social structure; forcing them to find new means of surviving in society. By promoting independence and freedom, the movement attempts to give back the rights to the people. This movement involves a generation; these are the people who must endure the consequences of the poorly structured future; however, they refuse to be apart of a system that is not virtuous.

From the tuition hikes to no post-graduate job opportunities, students are struggling to make sense of their lives, let alone survive in the real world without a stable income. In the video, a woman spoke about how through organization and unification, the group established a message and gave itself a public voice. Through this, people are given the opportunity to expose the problems they face to society. There are students who express the fear that once they graduate the university they will not find jobs, and express their opposition against tuition hikes. There are those who find their future to be hopeless, some of which resort to selling drugs, which are fighting to change the lack of opportunities offered to them. The ideology of this movement can be seen globally. There are countless people who are trapped by the business of education and the lack of student interest in the government. I think those who attend CUNY colleges can relate. Not only are they raising tuition, they are cutting classes, causing students to transfer to other schools to finish their major. Also they are refining the general requirements, proposing a new “Pathway to Knowledge,” which eliminates the foreign language requirements. Making students less diverse, causing them to be less marketable for jobs in this globalized economy.

During Occupy Wall Street protest, I encountered a man who was dressed as a superhero, shackled to a weight ball that said “Student Loans.” He stood at the protest and explained his story of how he had earned a masters degree, was drowning in debt, and had no job. There were many students at this protest who expressed the same fear, and others who are unfortunate who expressed to be in the exact situation. I believe this is a fear all undergraduate students face, but it shouldn’t be. People who are willing to receive an education, for personal or financial profit, must be entitled to a job opportunity by the society. Because individuals compose a society, the interest of the society should be to serve people. It is terrible to see the potential of the youth, an entire generation, go to waste because of the government refuses to compromise with the interest of society.

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7 responses to “Blog 5: Power to the People

  1. After reading your post I felt very engaged in it because the story behind it is very interesting. I do agree that the government needs to do something and change the game of politics because too many people are suffering today and us as college students have a long road ahead of us in order to become successful in this day and age. But on the other hand I feel that this person with a Master’s Degree dressed as a superhero could have possibly put as much effort as he did in his get up into finding a steady job, after all he must be quite clever to put together that outfit, and maybe if he would focus his attention he would not have such a hard time, even in such a rough economy.

  2. I really liked this post by the blogger and I feel that he/she did a great job explaining The video “Dubstep rebellion and how it displayed the movement of students publically standing up against their government, in order to “change the game of politics.” The blogger compares this to CUNY Colleges. I completely agree because Tuition has been going up every semester. I also understand the man who was dressed as a superhero because my sister also has a master’s degree and she still has no job. It is very hard for her because there are no jobs and no one is hiring.

  3. ciarasullivan25

    I think finding a job after graduating college is a fear all undergrads have. We used to be told that we could do anything with a good education but now that is becoming less true. It’s sad that even recent law school graduates are unable to find jobs in today’s economy. The reasons students put up with their loans is because they’re supposed to be able to find a job that will one day help to pay them off. Unfortunately, the American dream is becoming harder and harder to achieve.

  4. Interesting blog, because society feeds us that with education you can get further in life, your smarter and will win more money. Yet, in this economy today, all tthat society/government as feed us is lies. Not all highschool dropouts are dumb, I personally have meet some that know more than some college student and not all unemployed individuals are lazy. today is a prime example of some many unemployed, none lazy people who have master degree and worked for it, but there is no job that are being provided.

  5. Finding a job after college is a fear everyone has. It make the education process emotionally difficult. It is really hard to go through something if you don’t know whether there will be a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’.

  6. Excellent critique. Looking at the situation in ‘big picture’ terms, one might wonder: if a college degree is now considered as necessary to achieve a life above the poverty level as a high school diploma once was, why isn’t higher education considered a ‘right’ all citizens should have access to, regardless of wealth? How can we talk about ‘equal opportunity’ at a time when a college degree, a recognized prerequisite for social mobility, is inaccessible to so many? When ‘access’ is so skewed that even the ‘lucky’ ones must ‘mortgage’ their future to get it? For much too long, we’ve thought access to loans is some great democratic equalizer — but the life chances/opportunities of college grads vary enormously between those without debt and those carrying enormous debt burdens. And more and more grads are in the latter category.

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