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Does This Make You Want To Vote More Or To Vote Less?

Gabe Delahaye | November 6, 2012 - 11:45 am

You cannot really get mad at people who are trying to do the right thing, and ultimately I do think that Zach Braff and Donald Faison are trying to do the the right thing. They are encouraging young people to engage themselves in the national conversation, and to exercise their civic right (and duty) to vote in this (but also hopefully other) elections. Perhaps in so doing, it will create a generation of people who are less disenfranchised and more emboldened and empowered to take whatever steps they have at their disposal to shape the world according to their beliefs and desires. So that’s cool. Here’s a counterpoint, though: what if this makes people want to vote less? What if this makes young people think that voting and the political institutions that it represents are just as lame, annoying, and distant from their own lives as they originally thought? Because this video is lame and annoying, and it suggests that politics are simply a self-aggrandizing vanity project for the already rich and famous. Not to mention that I am not even sure that the college kids of today know who Zach Braff and Donald Faison are (NO OFFENSE!). Were they in Harry Potter? Did they invent Facebook? Ahh, who am I kidding? It’s just nice to have the Dream Team back together! Now get out there, little boys, and let them know who you want to live in the special mansion!