“Kids These Days”: A Peek Into James’ Room and His Brain

I found this young blogger this morning, who’s content I am compelled to share

Rather, he found me via yesterday’s blog on workaholism.

I do a lot of work studying youth culture and have found a good deal of pragmatism coming from their observations of their parent’s adult life.

Young adults and teenagers today grew up watching their parents work hard at their jobs to provide security to thier family:  often giving up time with their kids and conversely overscheduling and over-coaching thier kids to perform at their best so they too could get into a good school and have a leg up when they enter the workforce. Then they watched their parents lose thier jobs, mortgages, pensions, etc. when the bubble burst.  And because their parents played disciplinarians they also rebelled by taking on the role of “peer” and allowing their kids to be a part of the adult dialog of family life and adult responsibilities.  So,

The result, is that Millennials now see through the smoke and mirrors of the American dream and are keenly aware of their “American Reality”.

James is an articulate philosopher, anthropologist and cynic. His point of view is striking.  I thought I would share, lest you are one of those “old folks” under the impression that young folks just don’t care.

Like the John Mayer song says, “it’s not that we don’t care, we just know that the fight aint fair. So, we keep on waiting; Waiting for the world to change.” But perhaps if more perspectives like this permeate OUR American reality, then we will start actually doing something to change it.


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Being a popular kid isn't easy,you have to be cautious about every move of yours because you know that all eyes are on you.Not just the eyes that look up to you but also the eyes that love to see you in pain.You might have your own list of followers but with this list there exists the "popularity starved crowd" who wants to replace you.But when reality bites these morons and they're back to square one,hurt and angry with themselves they try to make you the victim of their moment of high adrenaline,just to make you suffer because you're better.They try to clean their head by ruining your perfect life.What's more is right then you realize that none of your "friends" are what they appear to be.You're broken,depressed .You feel the need to talk to someone of your own kind,someone who won't judge you and that's when you can find me at thepopularitébug,I promise to do anything and everything to help you out of your problem!Amen.

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