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Generation X Doesn’t Want to Hear It

by on Nov.23, 2011, under Blog, Culture, Entertainment, Politics

Generation X Doesn’t Want to Hear It

Earlier generations have weathered recessions, of course; this stall we’re in has the look of something nastier. Social Security and Medicare are going to be diminished, at best. Hours worked are up even as hiring staggers along: Blood from a stone looks to be the normal order of things “going forward,” to borrow the business-speak. Economists are warning that even when the economy recuperates, full employment will be lower and growth will be slower—a sad little rhyme that adds up to something decidedly ­unpoetic. A majority of Americans say, for the first time ever, that this generation will not be better off than its parents.

— New York Magazine

Generation X is sick of your bullshit.

The first generation to do worse than its parents? PleaseBeen there. Generation X was told that so many times that it can’t even read those words without hearing Winona Ryder’s voice in its heads. Or maybe it’s Ethan Hawke’s. Possibly Bridget Fonda’s. Generation X is getting older, and can’t remember those movies so well anymore. In retrospect, maybe they weren’t very good to begin with.

But Generation X is tired of your sense of entitlement. Generation X also graduated during a recession. It had even shittier jobs, and actually had to pay for its own music. (At least, when music mattered most to it.) Generation X is used to being fucked over. It lost its meager savings in the dot-com bust. Then came George Bush, and 9/11, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Generation X bore the brunt of all that. And then came the housing crisis.

Generation X wasn’t surprised. Generation X kind of expected it.

Generation X is a journeyman. It didn’t invent hip hop, or punk rock, or even electronica (it’s pretty sure those dudes in Kraftwerk are boomers) but it perfected all of them, and made them its own. It didn’t invent the Web, but it largely built the damn thing. Generation X gave you Google and Twitter and blogging; Run DMC and Radiohead and Nirvana and Notorious B.I.G. Not that it gets any credit.

But that’s okay. Generation X is used to being ignored, stuffed between two much larger, much more vocal, demographics. But whatever! Generation X is self-sufficient. It was a latchkey child. Its parents were too busy fulfilling their own personal ambitions to notice any of its trophies—which were admittedly few and far between because they were only awarded for victories, not participation.

In fairness, Generation X could use a better spokesperson. Barack Obama is just a little too senior to count among its own, and it has debts older than Mark Zuckerberg. Generation X hasn’t had a real voice since Kurt Cobain blew his brains outTupac was murderedJeff Mangum went crazyDavid Foster Wallace hung himselfJeff Buckley drownedRiver Phoenix overdosedElliott Smith stabbed himself (twice) in the heart, Axl got fat.

Generation X is beyond all that bullshit now. It quit smoking and doing coke a long time ago. It has blood pressure issues and is heavier than it would like to be. It might still take some ecstasy, if it knew where to get some. But probably not. Generation X has to be up really early tomorrow morning.

Generation X is tired.

It’s a parent now, and there’s always so damn much to do. Generation X wishes it had better health insurance and a deeper savings account. It wonders where its 30s went. It wonders if it still has time to catch up.

Right now, Generation X just wants a beer and to be left alone. It just wants to sit here quietly and think for a minute. Can you just do that, okay? It knows that you are so very special and so very numerous, but can you just leave it alone? Just for a little bit? Just long enough to sneak one last fucking cigarette? No?

Whatever. It’s cool.

Generation X is used to disappointments. Generation X knows you didn’t even read the whole thing. It doesn’t want or expect your reblogs; it picked the wrong platform.

Generation X should have posted this to LiveJournal.

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Video: The Big Picture: Gender Games

by on Oct.13, 2011, under Articles, Culture, Gaming, Politics, Video Games

Movie Bob delves into a reason why feminism takes issue with modern popular video games.

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I admit while I knew about the problem of the portrayal of women in video games, the specific why is never something I’ve tried to analyze, making this video something of an eye opener. I also more or less agree with Bob that feminism seems to have a significant and rather undeserved stigma among male gamers. Hopefully the above video let you understand the female perspective a bit better.

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Video Games & Video: Game OverThinker

by on Sep.20, 2011, under Articles, Culture, Gaming, News, Politics, Video Games, Videos, Visual Media

Movie Bob has shown up on this blog before a few times primarily as a movie reviewer and general culture commentator. Today he is appearing as the latter, specifically for video games.

The Game OverThinker – Episode 57 “Supreme Responsibility”

I suggest actually starting the video at around 3:45 minutes in if you aren’t a regular fan of the Game OverThinker series. That is when the real meat of the discussion starts.

If some of you remember, awhile back the Supreme Court of the United States of America threw out a California law that tried to regulate and ban violent video games. This has set a precedent which will no longer allow states to make laws which censor, regulate, or ban violent video games. Which is awesome and great. But, as Movie Bob points out, now is the time for some self-reflection. We’re free from the war that could ban an entire form of entertainment. Now it’s up to us, the creators and consumers of this mode of entertainment to start taking a look at the bad apples that gave our opposition ammunition against us.

The Game OverThinker explains it better I think, and I am still formulating my thoughts on the idea, so take the time to watch the video.

 

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Ideal Female Image and Public Health Problems

by on Jun.30, 2011, under Articles, News, Politics, Videos, Visual Media

I stumbled upon this video I felt like sharing.

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTlmho_RovY&feature=player_embedded)

The speaker is Jean Killbourn and she has been talking about the subjects regarding the image of women in mass media for years. It seems to be a topic that is “well-known” but has no traction when it comes to people wanting to solve it which is understandable. It is both an issue that is hard to see, easy to ignore, and has so many roots in our society that simple and easy fixes can’t work.

It is not like we can make laws outlawing the digital manipulation of people for advertising purposes. It is a nearly impossible to enforce such a law and could be easily abused, not to mention first amended right issues. Other solutions might be education and counter-advertising but these are just small pushes at trying to effect a change on a societal level.

But every change begins somewhere. So education it is. Hence my sharing of the video above. Do you agree or disagree with anything she said? Can you think of personal experiences related to use of over-idealized female images in advertising? Or do you think the effects are being overblown?

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Video: The History Of The Soviet Union To Tetris

by on May.04, 2011, under Art, Entertainment, Gaming, Music, Politics, Video Games, Videos, Visual Media

Wow. That is really catchy and the guy singing does a really good job of showing the emotion of the piece. I’m wondering how accurate it all is, as I haven’t really studied old or modern Russian history. The end is somewhat startling to me.

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The Digital Public Library of America

by on May.02, 2011, under Articles, Books, Computers, Information Technology, Internet, Politics, Technology

Ruling Spurs Effort to Form Digital Public Library By Miguel Helft [New York Times]

This news header caught my eye because the concept seems like almost a no brainer. Except that copyright and laws are all confusing in the idea since digital media is so easily transferable as compared to physical media. Still an online public Library of America is a great idea and I hope it gets off the ground and becomes popular enough to stay alive.

 

 

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Ted Video: Its time to question bio-engineering

by on Apr.10, 2011, under Articles, Politics, Science, Technology, Videos, Visual Media

The above video presents a lot of questions and not a lot of answers. I was, in fact, amazed at some of the progress bio-engineering has managed to make that I wasn’t even aware of. Paul Wolpe is right. These questions we have about the ethics of these technologies need to be addressed by everybody.

Some of the possibilities the technologies are hinting at giving us are scary but we must try to ask and answers these questions rationally. Weight the pros and cons. I am something of a transhumanist which means I definitely want to see some of the avenues of this research come to fruition. Otherwise, I realize, could fundamentally change things about humanity and society that I’m not so sure I am ready to give up yet. I’d like my views to be the majorities so I can the benefits of some of the futures I have envisioned.

But the best I can as for is I would like to have a rational discussion. The best I can hope for is to see limits set, and then revisited, and then grown, if the science and needs justifies it. It seems a very organic way to go about it.

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Feminism, Sucker Punch, and Arguments

by on Mar.29, 2011, under Art, Articles, Blog, Comics, Films, Politics, Visual Media, Writing

So my live journal’s re-post of my Sucker Punch review got some interesting comments and my assumption that geeks, regardless of gender, would like the film. It turns out I am wrong but it has produced some good arguments as to why.

Additionally, else where on the internet, Scott Adams, creator of the famous comic strip Dilbert, unintentionally trolled the feminist movement.

And finally above we have a video about feminism and how it is or might change.

All three of these things link together and I invite you to read it all over and then I’ll explain.

(continue reading…)

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Thoughts from a TeacherWriter

by on Mar.22, 2011, under Articles, Politics, Writing

MFA Confidential: Thoughts from a TeacherWriter by Jessie Morrison (Writer’s Digest)

I’ve been hearing more and more from teachers about how sick they are of hearing people complain about them and the effort they put into their profession. To hear them tell it, it sounds like they have a legitimate complaint. Fixing the public education system isn’t going to be a quick and easy solution like simply replacing teachers.

It’s going to require effort at each school across the entire bureaucracy and an even more concerted effort by parents to make a system that teaches kids things, rather than tests to see if they know things. Our education system is flawed in that it has been a growing system that has had no clear direction. Parents, educators, government officials have all dipped their hands into the toilet or flushed it a few times but nobody has thought to take a brush to the grime. Nothing like a toilet metaphor to push home the point right?

I’m not sure what the answer is but the more I hear about the problem, the more I think we need long-term fixes rather than short-term firings or fundings.

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