A little rant about ‘the lost generation’
14th August, 2009
It emerged yesterday that rising unemployment figures caused by the recession, could give birth to a lost generation of young people.
With people being forced to work well past the expected retirement age, coupled with rising living costs and far fewer jobs, the media have warned of a potential lost generation as graduates and young job seekers, looking for what scarce jobs are available, shall be overlooked for their more experienced peers. Backed up by stats, facts and even a pretty map or two, the fate of our nation’s young people has become not only hugely more disparaging than previously [which, if you'll remember, was pretty darn disparaging to begin with], as the youth, should they make it to adulthood [knives are 'rampant' don't you know], will find themselves in a pit of their own self misery, pity and self loathing.
The reality shall be far from the tabloid truth. I’m no fortune teller, witch or mini deity – I’m just positive about young people [something which I can't say is true of the mass media].
Interesting, then, that there has been no space for the inevitable inspirational, innovative, quick-on-your-feet thinking that has become second nature to larger and larger amounts of kids. We, ‘generation Y’ [or 'net-geners', or whatever people want to call us], have the added advantage of being totally computer literate, truly versed in social media and with an intimate knowledge of one’s own PR [Facebook, Myspace Twitter - they're all basically just one's own PR campaign after all]. We inherently have skills that older people inherently don’t [the kind of stuff that they'll go on fuddy duddy courses to learn], whilst the idea of social innovation, entrepreneurship and forward thinking oozes from our every pour. The adaptive social skills are instilled within us,[without the prejudices of generations before] and we’ve grown up seeing creativity at every corner, so much so that we don’t even regard it as creativity it is just the norm. Our self worth has been inspired by the web, whilst becoming an overnight success is a formality as much as it is a reality.
We are inspired and the inspirational. We are the aspirational and the aspiring.
I find it difficult to believe that we could be anything less than the architects of the next generation, as we clean up the mess of those previous.
And we’re the lost generation?
Image taken from here. Oh and P.S.: Let’s be optimistic, the future’s bright n’ all that!