How can Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, Divergent, ABC’s new Last Resort, and NBC’s new Revolution help us understand the 2012 election?
Each features protagonists struggling against an oppressive, abusive government that cannot be trusted.
Each already is, or seems poised to be, very popular in the coveted 18-35 age range.
With the Tea Party and increasing numbers of young libertarians championing limited government, it is clear that “anti-government” is a theme that is as prevalent in young people’s politics as it is in their entertainment. This election is, in many ways, a referendum on whether the government is the problem or the solution. Do we want the government to run our health care system? Do we want the government to manage our energy consumption or our financial system?
Can we trust them to?