This is something that gripes me on a personal level. I’m talking about those public service announcements and ads that are trying to get young people to vote in this election. I don’t seek them out, but they sure do show up on my Facebook page. And every one seems to have the same point of view: if you young people don’t turn out and vote, all those nasty wrinkled old people will keep control of politics and your life. Sometimes the speaker is a young person who can’t believe how stupid and lame other young people are for not voting. Sometimes the speaker is an older person chortling about how stupid and lame young people are for not voting. These messages are clearly sponsored by anti-status quo (i.e. anti-conservative) advocates.
I can’t find an example now, there was one on Facebook today but maybe the poster took it down after my negative comment. Or else Facebook is hiding things from me again.
Anyway, I wish folks could be creative enough to send a message about voting without creating yet another divide among people, and demonizing people who are different from the target audience. Isn’t that what we accuse the other side of doing? Do the ends justify the means? Do people not bother to think about what they’re posting?