For the issue of student debt, an online platform proves vital and encouraging to helping quell the problem. The internet stands a great means to reach almost everyone in today’s world, especially college students and college graduates, who the issue has the greatest impact on. Although this issue affects many people decades after graduation, it poses the greatest impact in the short term, so the young age of those affected the most propels for greater spread through social media. As younger individuals are more inclined to use social media, the ability to reach a larger audience, by the means of twitter, etc., proves easier. Likewise, the staggering statistics set forth in various website platforms proves vital in spreading the extent of such an issue. One website that I feel does a great job of doing so is debtcollective.org. Upon entering the website, the visitor sees the amount of reported debt on the website in the United States. Even though many people will not have reported their debt, the number presented is still astounding, standing well into the one hundred millions. Additionally, the website provides links to several articles that speak to the injustice of student debt that many people face and proves easy to navigate. Moreover, it provides a platform for people to debate on ways to promote advocacy and direct action on how to combat the issue, and as a result, gathers people into a more cohesive unit and allows for greater spread of the problem. The website also launched Rolling Jubilee, a project that intends to abolish student debt. This website furthers awareness on the topic, allowing for users to spread the word through twitter and by providing videos ranging from information on the issue to actual student protests that have occurred as a result of student debt.
Much like the websites above, I intend to make my website easy to navigate from topic to topic. I also hope to present the information and statistics in the most efficient way possible as the two websites have done, highlighting the stats that validate the great extent of the issue. Furthermore, the use of various pictures and videos aided in the experience of the websites as it created a greater emotional response to the students who are impacted, so I hope to incorporate such visuals in order to create a similar effect. Overall, the most important aspect of my website will be to help the reader understand how truly comparable the issue of student debt is, and that there are several ways to combat the issue and lessen the burden it places on countless people throughout the nation.