LUBBOCK, Texas – A video going viral on Facebook exposes the “politically challenged” students at Texas Tech University, providing a hilariously sad commentary on the country’s school system.
The three minutes of footage transposes students’ dumbfounded responses to simple questions about politics and history with their quick replies to meaningless celebrity trivia.
For example, moderator Courtney Plunk asks several students: “Who won the Civil War?”
“We did? The South?”
“Like, the one in 1965? or … What Civil War?”
“Who won it? Who was even in it?”
“I don’t know.”
“That’s the Confederate, right?”
“I have no clue.”
One student in the video replied with the correct answer: The Union.
Another question: “Who is our vice-president?”
“I have no idea.”
“I don’t know.”
“Is that a trick question? I don’t know.”
Again, only one student answered correctly.
Other questions – such as “Who did we gain our independence from?” and “Do you know the year (America gained independence)?” – solicited similar responses.
The last three questions, however, all students answered correctly: “What show is Snookie on?” and “Who is Brad Pitt married to?” and “Who did he used to be married to?”
Shortly after the video was originally posted by PoliTech to YouTube in October 2014, it sparked a firestorm on social media and gained coverage on multiple news sites.
It also prompted criticism about creative editing from students on campus.
“This video does not properly represent the student population at Texas Tech, nor does it accurately characterize the people in the video,” public relations student Sara Carden wrote in a letter to The Hub, a student publication.
“It has been cut and edited to make Tech students as disengaged from current events as possible. Although PoliTech was trying to make a point about college students’ lack of current interest in politics, they did so in an unethical and immoral way.”
Plunk responded to criticisms of the video in another video posted to the PoliTech YouTube page days after the original video. Plunk acknowledged that Texas Tech students are not unique in their ignorance of politics, and defended the group’s work.
“… This video shows political matters are not what’s currently on college students’ minds,” she said. “Instead, they are preoccupied with useless pop culture that is constantly being fed to them by today’s media.
“PoliTech and its members stand behind our video 100 percent and we will continue to bring political awareness to TexasTech, and the community of Lubbock.”