By going door-to-door in costume, offering up treats, voting tips and directions to polling places, this year’s trick-or-voters will also be spreading the word: there has never been a better time to make politics fun.
Whether they are petitioning to get a skate park built in Tennessee, raising awareness about sweatshop labor in Florida, or rallying against police brutality in Kentucky, young activists all over the South are fired up to make a difference.
In surveying the sites and services that are currently aimed at young people, the Center for Media Education found an overwhelming number of commercial sites geared only at gathering consumer data. How do they do this? By harnessing teens' innate desire to express themselves. What are the dangers? A heavy focus on consuming and an eventual "complete loss of privacy," reports CME.
Looking for some good contemplative reading for the new year? Read about one new anthology called "Another World is Possible/New World Disorder: Conversations in a Time of Terror" that brings together writing and reflections from a variety of sources and aims them directly at young, urban youth of color.
As more and more "genderqueer" and transgender youth start coming out and demanding rights, college administrations and other adults are being forces to re-examine their sense of "normal" gender roles. Read an Alternet/WireTap original article about the issue and check out a youth essay called <a href="http://www.angelfire.com/art/testem/revolution2.html" target="_blank">A Genderqueer Primer</a> written for the zine Testem.
The recent film "Traffic" offers a vision of drug addiction based on one character's plummet from suburban boredom to full-blown heroin junkie in a matter of weeks. The critics are praising the actress who portrays the young junkie, but are they ignoring realities of drug use? Read up on the issue and sound off on this controversial new film in the WireTap message boards.
When you're young it can feel like everything you read online is trying to pin you down, get your demographics, tell you who you are and what you should buy. But there are now media makers out there interested in more than sending youth to a virtual mall -- young web gurus who have set out to speak WITH teenagers and young adults about their lives, instead of TO them.