Thursday, October 24, 2013

The F**k You Generation

             The new generation rising is a new generation. We are the first generation of our kind in human history. We are a generation that has unlimited access to information. Our entertainment is geared toward maximum stimulation constantly. We are a full throttle generation that has its foot all the way to the floor and we are not stopping for anything or anyone. We just now entering the workforce and already America is realizing that we are going to change the game forever. The first key difference between our generation and generation that have gone before us is how our generation wields its power. Every generation that has felt powerless in a time of massive change has its rebellion that made its voice known. The flappers shortened their skirts and bobbed their hair. They drank whiskey and danced "naughty" dances that made their Victorian parents blush. The baby boomers went the opposite way by dressing in jeans and tie die t-shirts. They protested everything that they saw as unfair and unjust. The new generation is one of the biggest in history and this gives us massive amounts of voting and financial power. We were also a generation that grew up in an age of fear mongering on the nightly news, everyone wanting our money as teens, and religious organizations spending any amount to get our attention for Jesus, Allah, or the new Atheist movement. We grew up in a time in America were "children are a future" was the mindset. Everyone is fighting for our attention and money. Entire clothing brands have risen just to serve us. We are a generation that accepted all this attention with open arms! Everyone is fighting for our souls and money. We began to learn that we were in the driving seat. We realized that we could pick the winners and losers according to what we wanted. You want our money, then prove that your product is good! You want our souls for your cause or belief, then prove to us it's worth it! We took all of this in stride with our lives.
            However, there is also a dark side to this that caused us to become very apathetic based rather than just motivated. All the attention should drive a generation that heavily involved like nothing before. We are that generation, but there is also a dark twist to our generation. We are the generation that saw mass shootings on TV and wondered if our schools were safe. We are the generation that saw friends and family members get taken to war over lies of weapons of mass destruction. We are the generation that was told to sit down and shut up from authorities. Our dreams and hopes made us ADHD regardless of how boring the teachers from the dinosaur age were. We watched politicians lie to us, teachers tell us to sit down and shut up, and then the great rescission hit. We watched as our parents lost their jobs and the system we had been told was rock solid became painfully fragile. We began to realize that there was so much that did not make sense. The game was up and young people were not buying it anymore. We looked at the wizards behind the curtain and we did not like what we saw.

            The paradox was great. We had been taught from two different angles that we were both powerful and that everyone wanted our attention and to sit and down and shut up! The current generation did not know how to handle this. They began to think through what power they had. In the past we had picked the winners and loser by rewarding their attention with money or going to their church, but this time it was different. The current generation realized how powerless we were, and how it was all a scam. We were not getting attention, but were being entertained for money we no longer had. We did not know where to turn or what to do. So, the rise of apathy began. The current generation might be powerless, but you can't tell us how to feel about it. The current generation of young people began their resistance by not allowing others to tell them how to feel. This is where the f**k you generation came from. Our focus became narrow on those around us that really care about us. The current generation has a strong connection to family and does not wish to move far from them. Our generation is one that realizes that this life is filled with scams and we only want people in our lives that support us, and the rest can go f**k themselves.

1 comment:

  1. You seriously need to slap the shit out of Matt Taibi and take that goddamn torch that he so arrogantly scooped up after Thompson had wrote his last, and which he has done nothing with but fumble it in front of the pop culture media that runs this country from L.A. to D.C., and carry on what GONZO should be. I have seen it no where else but here, fuck Rolling Stone, and I am a Thompson fanatic.