Making the Future: Homo Promptus and the Political
Many of the economic trends we have discussed in our previous chapters are also entwined with political change, of which Brexit and the election of US President Donald Trump are two of the most recent and most dramatic examples. This change is adding to the destabilisation of political orthodoxies in ways that have immediate implications for the mobility and security of many young people and that exacerbate the growing distance between young people and political representatives that we have explored in our previous book (Walsh and Black 2018b). The emergence of post-truth politics is further adding to this destabilisation, unsettling the very foundations of public discourse and the ability of governments (and citizens) to respond to pressing changes. It is also fostering a complex environment of hyperbole which brings into sharp focus the role of affect in contemporary politics and young people’s response to them.
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