by Lindsey Grutchfield
When my generation is mentioned in conversation, we tend to be described as tech-obsessed, culturally shallow, emotionally vacant and utterly disinterested in anything outside of ourselves and our favorite celebrities.
I can say firsthand that this diagnosis could not be more false. True, we are the most technologically savvy generation, being the first to really grow up in the age of the computer. We are constantly connected with each other and with the pop culture that we are so often criticized for embracing. With that said, however, we do care what happens in the world around us. After all, it is going to be our world one day. What’s more, the advent of technology does not necessarily mean the death of print media. When it comes to important things, things that affect our communities, click-bait and web-based news simply will not suffice. It is because of this that I fundamentally believe in the importance of The Bridge.
As a high-schooler and a contributor to The Bridge myself, I can honestly say that the publication does an excellent job of catering to my generation. The paper regularly spotlights youth, allowing us to be heard in the broader community. By allowing us representation in local media, The Bridge also keeps us interested in that media. When young people feel a part of the community, they care what happens in that community. The Bridge comes into play here as well, by presenting us with the kind of news that we care about the most — news that closely affects us and the people that we care about.
No matter the age of the reader, The Bridge is a unique institution. Comprehensive, local news is hard to find, particularly in an increasingly globalized era. With the influx of technology and digital information, looking outward is easy. It is looking inward, at our own communities, that is more difficult. The Bridge helps us to keep our focus local, reminding us of events nearby, events that do not necessarily pop up on our computer screens.
The Bridge is not important because it provides bigger, more global, more sensational news coverage than any other source. Precisely the opposite. The Bridge is important because it is personal. It is personal to the people, particularly the young people, in the area. It provides us with news that matters, and news that affects us in a concrete way. For a generation that is coming of age in a time when pixels define so much of what we see, The Bridge gives us something we can hold onto, in the literal and the metaphorical sense.
The Bridge gives us something real.
Lindsey Grutchfield is a Montpelier High School senior and regular, highly-valued, contributor to The Bridge.
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