LETTER: Look out for Generation Z
First, some background and context.
I’m a 25-year-old millennial. I grew up on the early days of the internet, browsing various web forums, interacting with those from around the world. We would participate in various ‘raids’ from time to time, involving trolling some unknown website allowing web entry.
And never have I ever seen anything as profound as the generation that will come after me. I started to take notice of people of the generation after me in and around June of this year.
Organizing around the social media platform Tik-Tok, KPop fans took action. They registered over a million (fake) tickets to Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa. When the day of the rally comes more than 3/4ths of the venue was empty. Shortly after this, Trump threatened legal action against the social media platform, which eventually got thrown out of court for not wanting to set precedent for banning a social media platform.
Cut to November. Trump sets up a #MillionMAGAMarch hashtag and it begins trending on Twitter. Shortly afterwards, these same TikTok users and Kpop fans begin flooding the tag with pictures of pancakes. Reason for the raid? “There’s nothing that flips better than a pancake — except ya know...maybe Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.”
The internet has allowed the younger generation to be more politically active than ever before - Interacting with up-and-coming politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by way of video game streams.
And an incoming politically active generation? Ones that are going to be voting within the next election cycle? The prospect is genuinely exciting.
Sean Guessford, Destin