/ June 20, 2008

Parliament On YouTube

The UK has been busy setting up programs to get youth more interested in the Parliamentary process. The House of Lords in particular, is looking to stray from its outdated stereotype and appeal to younger generations that will be the leaders of the land in a matter of years. The strategy to spark interest among young adults has included creating a Youth Parliament program, a blog and their very own page on YouTube, complete with short video documentaries. While the blog, aptly named “Lords of the Blog”, is contributed to by various representatives of the House of Lords and comments on the daily actions of the Houses, the YouTube site includes a much wider variety of topics. Visitors can view commentary contributed by teens, virtual tours of what Parliament looked like before the days of King Henry VIII, discussions on civic participation and links to sites containing House proceedings.

While the UK looks to keep communication open with young adults across the country, the US appears to be falling behind. Although young Americans have had outsider programs such as Schoolhouse Rock and Rock the Vote teaching encourage involvement, the government itself has not done much to appeal to this segment of the population.

Source: MSNBC.com

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