I Got The Power?
A note from our editors on the launch of Power.
“Power resides where men believes it resides” – Varys, Game of Thrones.
But where do we, the students of Australia, believe that power resides? Yes, we may not be exactly akin to the sociopathic, murderous and power-hungry characters of Game of Thrones. But, if we were to scroll down our Facebook timelines from the screencaps of the latest brutal battle, we would come across posts about identity politics, the upcoming federal election, gender imbalances and so many more aspects of our lives that are driven by power.
Students have long been thought of as both the powerless, against institutions and authority, and the empowered activists, against those same entities. Student life has never been free from questions of power, and now, with the hyper-presence of social media, we exercise our power, or lament the lack thereof, more openly and directly than ever before. From using Facebook to lift up ‘eggboy’s brazen act of rebellion, as Ella Robinson writes, to using Twitter as a platform to mobilise, we, the students of 2019 have come to question and harness power in our own right.
Upon even closer inspection of our surroundings, you might find that universities are battlegrounds. Free speech and student activism are hotly debated amongst students, while simultaneously, protests against lack of funding to student arts programs are left on read by university administration.
Feeling powerless has been the source of vary many memes, and even more anxiety, for the students of our age. We feel that we are constantly fighting against climate change, older generations, university administration, social injustice and maybe the rest of the world. This edition is about reminding ourselves that we’re not alone in that fight. It’s also about learning that power affects us in many more ways and places than we possibly could have thought.
If Varys is right and power really is where we believe it is, maybe it’s time that we think about where we believe power to be, and how that could all change.