摘要：Students are more interested in politics than they were in the past. Do you agree or disagree?
Students are more interested in politics than they were in the past. Do you agree or disagree?
1、To get a sense of whether current students are interested in politics, social media, which dominate the way students get informed, are a good place to start. With more students posting comments on political issues online, people are put under a illusion that they are interested in politics. As a matter of fact, current students are less likely to be intrigued by politics than did their counterparts of the past.
* To get a sense of xxx, .... is a good place to start 为了了解某事，... 是个好的切入点。
* Under the illusion 在xx幻觉之下
* Intrigue v. 引起兴趣
* Counterpart n. 对应的事物
2、It is indeed easier for students, who are exposed to a deluge of news online, to be politically aware today. With information about what’s happening both at home and abroad at their fingertip, it seems that social platforms have ignited students passion for politics. However, would they truly reflect on the political news when browsing social media? The fact is that with most news online presented in short videos with catchy headlines, students may simply glance over the title or mainly focus on the funny moments when a politician makes a verbal slip. Even if they may briefly skim the highlight of a report, they may be too lazy to think about the implications or rationales. Sadly, they may wrongly assume that they have fully learned about the complex event by doing this.
* At one’s fingertip 触手可及
* Glance over 粗略浏览
* Make a verbal slip 口误
3、Although past generations of students did not enjoy the same convenience brought by social media, they are more absorbed by each piece of news on the latest political events, either through newspapers, cable TV or word-of-mouth. And more importantly, they were veryvocal in the inequalities like unfavourable policy for women or the minorities, and thedemonstration aiming to stop Vietnam War as well as civil rights protest engaged thousands of them. By stark contrast, students nowadays who read a lot online and discuss freely within the class may become ironically silent when it comes to actually do something.
尽管现在的学生可以用过社交媒体读到大量的政治新闻， 而过去的学生不能。但我们不能误以为(be put in the illusion that)学生就对政治感兴趣了。因为现在的学生读政治新闻只粗略(skim; glance over) 浏览标题或者只关注搞笑的部分，而不仔细思考(reflect)。而过去的学生，尽管资源有限，但是会细细思考及激烈讨论。更重要的是，他们还会积极地为政治事件发声。
* Absorb v. 被吸引
* Vocal adj. 直言不讳的
* Demonstration n. 游行
4、Additionally, in the past, students had little to do other than unfolding a newspaper or playing instruments in their dorms, and they were therefore more likely to allocate time for politics. This is different from now, when students have more activities to do during their free time in dorms. For example, they can now play engaging video games rather than reading boring political report written in obscure language; and they can gossip about films or celebrities instead of debating over political events that provoke thoughts. In this case, how could they be interested in politics?
* Engaging adj. 引人入胜的
* provoke thoughts 煽动思绪
5、In conclusion, it seems easier to be politically active now than it was in the past, but current students’ nonchalance about politics seems to be the norm rather than the exception.
* be the norm rather than the exception 常见