Lou Reed doesn’t want you to rest on your laurels. The lyrics from this 1989 song are like a bullet list, rah-rah speech to get off your duff and do something. It’s not totally clear what you should get up to doing, so what do you care about?
Political apathy is a growing concern to many observers. This is that people are too busy working, shopping and playing to play a part in their democracy. Political participation is a requirement of democracy, and there is the worry that the less we get involved, the more likely government decisions can be made which do not accurately translate and represent the interests of the populace. Public policy then might only reflect the views and preferences of those that do participate, which more often than not tends to be an older, whiter and wealthier demographic.