Would you like some propaganda with that?
Time to rant.
The worst propaganda comes from Labor (no letters this time! Saving the environment, perhaps?). Rudd’s emails plea for help by producing nationalistic statements like “it’s time to rally the troops”. These words disappear into thin air when it becomes noted that within the 200-word text, a donation plea is mentioned twice, revealing the email’s true intention. And you know you haven’t communicated effectively when you need to add a side note at the end: “PS – I mean what I say: we can win this if we work together”, followed by yet another request for our pocket change. He should know that us students don’t splash our cash unless it’s in exchange for food, booze or new iPhone cases.
Despite this poor political campaigning though, I’ve seen a generational inclination towards Labor. Maybe we’re angered by the subjectivity The Sunday Telegraph sold us last weekend, with its “AUSTRALIA NEEDS TONY” headline and a full-page editorial which blatantly reeked of propaganda and demonstrated just how much we really don’t want him as the face of Australia.
I only have to glance at my social media feeds to witness the proliferation of interest of this election among my peers. Who says youth is wasted on the young? We have opinions. We will vote tomorrow, and we will get off our backsides to do it passionately. Even if it is only because we can’t yet vote via Facebook.