Now it is March, and I, along with most of the country, am in self-isolation. The COVID-19 virus has halted normal life in Canada, causing an abrupt closure of schools and businesses. But not the internet: I check the news hourly and Twitter religiously. I monitor the situation in Ireland, where my grandmother lives. I check in on Washington, where my aunt, who has cystic fibrosis, lives. I check the status of every country my brother travels through in Asia. I keep an eye on news about the American-Canadian border, which has just been closed to non-essential travel, barring me from visiting my father in Hawaii. I am in each of these places at once, despite not leaving my dormitory.
Media literacy in the digital age means the ability to navigate the internet, utilizing its full potential; it is a common denominator of my generation. In the digital age, political awareness is no longer an option but a necessity. Consequently, political involvement is no longer an anomaly, but an expectation. In a world without wonder, ignorance is not a viable excuse. We have been served privilege on the silver platter of our cellphones, and wealth in the form of information. With my generation a new era was born, of restlessness and frustration, knowledge and power. An era given no choice but to act, to create a better future.