[smiths] political sub-editors, Alley Eugenicos and Shaun Balderson, explain their aims and objectives for this years politics section.
Hey – we are Alley, 20-year-old English Literature student from Greece/Cyprus/Edinburgh, and Shaun, 18-year-old PPE student from Grimsby; your new political sub-editors for [smiths] magazine. We felt that it was important to introduce not only ourselves, but also our section, as we want to redefine political journalism in Goldsmiths as something that is accessible to everyone.
Our aims for this year are to re-engage the students of Goldsmiths with politics and current affairs, not only by looking at national issues, but also at foreign policy and international conflicts. Due to the broadening of mass media, we are more politically aware than ever, but perhaps this also makes us politically indifferent, and this is part of the reason why we feel that our articles should be both approachable and engaging.
While many students, particularly at Goldsmiths, are very politically active within student democracy and beyond, we feel that the amount of young people who are politically apathetic and indifferent to the world around them is a major issue. Recent statistics show that around 40% of 16-24 year olds have expressed political indifference, and we want to give this demographic the chance to engage with present-day politics.
This visualisation shows that, in comparison to other nations, young people in Britain are the least likely to vote in European elections. Whilst this statistic is saddening, it is also, to an extent, understandable. Young people in the West are bombarded with carefully constructed imagery from the media that distorts and misrepresents reality, leading people to feel unaffected by what is happening in the world around them. Therefore, our aim is to try to illustrate the full picture as much as possible, so that Goldsmiths students can make their own informed opinions. We will not generalise or make assumptions to the core reasons of apathy, but will strive to provide engaging material in attempt to reverse this damaging trend, at least in Goldsmiths, an already politically motivated university. We also want to provide a platform for the different political societies at Goldsmiths, by covering their events and publishing articles written by or relevant to them.
We will create objectivity from subjectivity. The best articles are always personal, maybe even controversial. Nothing is taboo until it’s broken. There will be no moderation or confinement of opinion. If we encounter a topic that has very strong opposing arguments, we will place them side-by-side to provide the reader with the opportunity to construct their own rounded analysis. We also want to make our online section more interactive. We will publish documentaries with analysis and review, as well as provide video coverage of relevant lectures or seminars. We’d also like to interview political figures.
Any and all interest is welcome. We want to make our section approachable and applicable to you and your lives whilst at Goldsmiths, and really hope that we can achieve our goals to become the go-to resource for all your political needs.
We look forward to your involvement!