Do you agree or disagree with the following statement:
Students are more interested in politics today than they were in the past.
Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
范文1：Argument 1 (for)
Students today are more interested in politics than students were in the past. The methods of presenting politics to the general audience have changed. Now that it is more entertaining and easier to watch the progress of local and international events, students have a greater desire to follow political issues.
In the past, political issues were considered serious topics that needed to be treated with dignity and respect. That attitude has changed in recent years, so that now political events such as debates are colorful spectacles designed to engage and entertain. Politicians are often viewed asamusing and mocked by actors and the media. As a result, students enjoy seeing what antics the politicians are up to. This new attitude is a far cry from the dry, solemn tone of yesteryear.
Not only are political proceedings considered more entertaining, but they are also easier to access now than they were in the past. It is easy to look up issues on the internet or smart phones, so students can read about political events at any time. They do not have to buy a newspaper ordedicate a certain time to watching news on the television. Instead, they can read on the bus or while waiting to meet a friend. In fact, social media also rapidly spreads news about political events, allowing the news to reach millions more students than it would have in the past.
At the same time that technology makes news about politics more accessible, it encourages more awareness of events so that students do not feel left behind. Students want to follow issues so that they can converse in witty ways with their friends. They do not want to appear “out of the loop,” so they read up on what is happening. They take time to scan headlines and watch videos so that they are able to discuss such things with their peers.
Today, politics are presented as diverting and entertaining. New technology makes it easier for students to access news. In turn, students have more of a desire to learn about the news so they can keep up with their friends. As a result, students today follow politics much more than they did in the past.
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范文2：Argument 2 (against)
In the past, students were more aware of political issues than they are today. Most students today are raised in an environment that does not encourage insightful analysis of local and world events. Although technology has increased the availability of news, it does not mean that students regularly access it.
First, students lack the encouragement to interpret the news that they see. In the past, families often watched political news together around their single television. After seeing the news, they might argue different sides of the issue and analyze the ramifications of the decisions. Families sitting around the dinner table would invariably discuss politics. However, these opportunities are greatly reduced because families have more than one television, allowing members to view completely different shows. Very few families today sit down for a dinner with all members present. The structure of the home has changed so that students are not encouraged to participate in discussions about politics.
Second, priorities have changed so that students don’t have time or don’t want to watch politics. Why pay attention to dry, boring news when there are social media and extremely engaging video games? Students would prefer to gossip with friends about school and peers rather than discuss details of law and commerce. In the past, if students were not outside playing, they were isolated at home, leaving them with little to do other than pick up the newspaper and read events. However, today students can message friends or become absorbed in the internet, options that let them pursue other things than politics.
Finally, the way news is presented leaves students less educated about political events than they were in the past. Today, news is given as short, catchy headlines or video shots. For example, students may get a brief look at the highlight of a debate, but they do not understand the background or implications of the decision. They may see the funny moment when a politicianmakes a verbal slip, but they do not have any context for it. The current trend of making politics amusing is shifting the population’s awareness from a thoughtful analysis of politics to a humorous anecdote without a framework of reference.
Students today are not nearly as aware of political issues as they were in the past. Changing family structures, priorities, and news presentation methods have turned the tide towards a more superficial understanding of politics.
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