The Internet Generation: Engaged Citizens or Political Dropouts

Author
Casey A. Klofstad
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
127
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
Summer 2012
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
Over the past half-century, Americans have withdrawn from numerous forms of civic participation, from voting, to voluntarism, and everything else in between. A standard explanation for this phenomenon is generational replacement; each generation since the World War II “Greatest Generation” has been less civically active. Henry Milner enters this dialogue by examining the coming-of-age “Internet Generation.” Using data sources from different countries, Milner argues that this generation is woefully inactive in politics. He worries that this high frequency of “political dropouts” leaves the Internet Generation unprepared to battle the political challenges they will face over their lifetimes.
Topic
War
Political Geography
America