For years I’ve struggled to keep up with all things politics, whether UK based, American, international and so on. I’ve often found myself being patronised by those who hold a more solidified political stance or are more ‘politically aware’. When enquiring about specific events or discourses I have been bombarded with passionate speeches about why I should feel a certain way about a certain thing or person. In admittance of my naivety, I’m often told ‘just do some research’ or ‘look it up’ (as if I hadn’t tried that already) and this may lead us to an unapologetically large and stubborn wall: excessive political jargon adopted by politicians and journalists alike.
I’m fed up with political jargon. I can’t be the only one, surely? It’s intimidating and alienating and only serves those of us who are well educated in politics. Access to an understanding of current affairs seems to be a privilege that is granted almost exclusively, unfortunately neglecting women, non-white people and the lower classes. There is something unnerving about this abuse of technical vocabulary. We are diverted and dispirited from an active engagement with happenings and discussions that directly concern us – that doesn’t sound very democratic to me.
To rub salt into an open wound, youths are constantly criticised for a general lack of engagement in politics. Whilst I often find myself surrounded by incredibly bright and social alert young people, I can’t blame those who have a minor interest because we are faced with intricate webs of political narratives that are riddled with off-putting jargon. I, like many others, have a firm understanding of my own values and ethics, but I find this suppressed when it comes to politics.
The world of politics is a confusing one, to say the least. It is often challenging to grasp without the addition of politicians and the media heightening any complexities. I want to assure you that if like me and many others, you often find yourself struggling with current affairs, you are not to blame and you certainly aren’t unintelligent.
Reminder: whilst we’re on the topic of politics, I want to remind you all that you still have time to register to vote for the EU referendum, if you haven’t already. If you are still unsure on your vote it might help to read Grace’s impartial guide, a clear, concise and easy article that underlines arguments for both campaigns.
Do you feel the same way about politics? Maybe you know of a good news platform that translates current affairs into a language that is less alienating. If, so let us know! We love to hear your opinions.
Thanks for reading.