Friday, March 7, 2014

YES! "'House of Cards' mind-set threatens Millennials' idealism"

Carla Marinucci writes in the San Francisco Chronicle:
In a country obsessed with the Machiavellian exploits of "House of Cards" and its villainous lead character, Frank Underwood, it's no wonder that Millennials like Juleah Cordi - hopeful, passionate about causes and totally hooked on politics - are in danger of becoming a vanishing species[...] 
A half-century after President John F. Kennedy's call to arms - "Ask not what your country can do for you" - political scientists and politicians alike express concern that young Americans' inclination toward activism is being dampened by cultural messages that public service is for backstabbers and suckers[...]
Polling by the Harvard University Institute of Politics released in December showed that just 22 percent of Americans ages 18 to 29 considered themselves "politically engaged," a precipitous drop from 35 percent in 2006.
This is great news. Politics is an ugly business about power and control.


  1. Politics is the problem, not the answer.

  2. Every bit as appropriate today: "Ask not what you can do for your country, what's your country been doing to you." - The Avengers

  3. "...public service is for backstabbers and suckers..."

    That's putting it politely.

  4. Good news indeed.
    Although i think it's a stretch that "House of Cards" had anything to do with it.
    I sooner think "House of Cards" is a reflection of that mentality rather than one of the causes of it.

    The causes of it, are of course politicians.