Why Do You Give A Shit?

The “Giving a Shit” chapter served as an effective conclusion to the book, wrapping up the content we have learned so far. I thought it was interesting that this last chapter also highlighted those who do not bother sharing their voices on issues publicly because of how politicized and patronizing the opposite opinion can be.


  • participatory politics
  • civic imagination
    • individuals recognize and issue and begin to see themselves as political agents and work to bring about the change needed (257).
  • new politics
    • diversification in the agencies, repertoires, and targets (256)
  • transmedia mobilization
    • decentering of traditional authorities so that all participants are seen as having an expressive capacity, free to construct and circulate their own media. (262)
      • encourages youth to give account of themselves, linking personal experience to the larger collective good
      • “calls for action constitute the creation and reaffirmation of participation”
        • Taylor Swift & voter registration
  • “[Many youth experience] the language of American politics as exclusive and repulsive” (262).
    • Another reason why young people feel less inclined to share their opinion
    • However, youth create their own language of politics that makes sense to them. Some people, especially those with institutional power see this are childish but there is much to learn about how young people connect and engage with others.



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@taylorswift, Instagram

Taylor Swift posted this Instagram the day before the voting registration closed, with this caption detailing how she does not usually share her political opinions, but in this case she felt she had to. She shared that she will fight for all human rights, including rights of those who are LGBTQ and who are of color, and that people should not be judged based on sexual orientation or gender. Swift went on to express, though she strives to empower women, her dislike with a woman running for Senator in her home state, Marsha Blackburn. Blackburn’s campaign was based on everything Swift stood against and Swift used this post to encourage her followers to get out there and vote.

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Crawford, Al. “The Patronising Crap Aimed at Millennials Says More about Us than It Does Them.” Mumbrella, 10 Oct. 2017, mumbrella.com.au/the-patronising-crap-aimed-millennials-says-more-about-us-than-it-does-them-476431.

I chose this meme because I think it is exactly the opinion that some older generations have that make young people like they can’t make a difference. I think this is also part of the reason that some young people are quick to not care about certain things because of how older generations feel about them. There is definitely the older generation’s side to the argument that young people believe that they can reach their dreams without a scratch, just because they are special. To some extent this is valid. It is important to realize thought, that we and other generations simply did not grow up the same.

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Taylor, Chris. “Democrats, It’s Time to Fight like Superman for Truth, Justice, and the American Way.” Mashable, Mashable, 23 Jan. 2018, mashable.com/2018/01/23/superman-2018-politics/#i9zXgAFqAZqY.

According to the book, politics is very different from what traditional politics once were because much of the conversation is borrowed from entertainment and pop culture. I found this meme interesting, because the chapter discussed how groups like the DREAMers used superhero memes to explain their stance on immigration laws. I also thought this meme was interesting especially for Communications majors because journalists and people who work for the media are currently under a lot more pressure and threat because of the news they deliver.


Discussion Question:

  • Do you give a shit? About what? Why or why not?
    • Do you consider yourself an activist?

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