Guest Post: Homelessness

Evidence of one generation’s intentions to make the world better: A Millennial perspective on homelessness with some sociocultural support. Great read!

So-Called Millennial

By Michelle Adams, Contributor

A man in the street begging for money, a women on the side of the road holding up a piece of cardboard saying “Homeless, Will Work for Food,” a family sleeping in their car, a tent city underneath a bridge—all these images represent homelessness.

Most people, millenials included, have certain stereotypes about homelessness. They view people who are homeless as lazy, dirty and mostly suffering from drug problems. Homelessness pervades all aspects of culture and every walk of life.

These views about homelessness were collected from teenage volunteers at South Oakland Shelter during Global Youth Service Day.

Some of these views are actually accurate views of homelessness, while some represent misconceptions throughout society. Many people view that homelessness can be easily solved by giving people money or food. Others believe that homeless people can attain jobs easily. If there are part time jobs available, why not…

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Civic generations + Pressure

A generational cycles theory – inspired pop
culture perspective on how context may be similar but resulting behaviors perceived differently..

So-Called Millennial

MAD MEN DREAMS

I finally caught upon Mad Men the other day on Netflix, and sometimes when I watch an episode it’s at the front of my mind that, like millennials, the GI generation has been labeled a Civic generation by authors Neil Howe and William Strauss. The idea that millennials are categorized as the same archetype of Don Draper & friends is probably counter-intuitive to most millennials.

In an episode of Season 5, Don Draper attends a modern theater show called America Hurrah, and is offended when the play calls out the emptiness of consumerism. America Hurrah (NYDaily News) was “extremely controversial” at the time, and “helped usher in a breed of theater that was experimental, political and in-your-face,” according to Cynthia Harris, who was part of the original production.

Mad Men is today’s great social commentary that documents the slow unraveling of post-WWII culture. Aspirations of the age…

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21st Century Manners: Socializing Behavioral Norms for a New Generation

Lest you think Millennials don't value etiquette, think again.  As a matter of fact, rethink what you think entirely and realign your thought processes. Because, if you look at the nature of Millennial motivations:  to make meaningful connections with other humans and to lead a well-rounded, successful happy life with the support of your peers … Continue reading 21st Century Manners: Socializing Behavioral Norms for a New Generation

One Millennial speaks about her “civic generation”. Will it be feast or folly? Answer yet unknown but as the folks at the Lottery say, “you can’t win if you don’t play”. At minimum this generation is “game on”….

So-Called Millennial

FOR EVERY SEASON TURN, TURN, TURN…

Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.

–John Adams
IT NEVER LASTS LONG
I thought I would expand on why I adhere to some of the attributes of Howe & Strauss generational cycle theory.  In short, it’s because of the nature of democracy. Democracy deals with the age old chicken-or-the-egg scenario of the needs of the many vs. the needs of the few. Are you part of the many or part of the few? In a democracy the idea is to achieve unity in the midst of the needs of the many and the needs of the few. On top of that, if all men are created equal, there is always an ongoing conversation of…

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This blog captures my generational identity crisis perfectly and I think most of my friends will agree!

So-Called Millennial

I was chatting with a friend the other day who just had a baby girl that she named Felicity. I love the name and asked my friend if it was a family name. She said no, she’s just always liked it, and added that she has always loved the show Felicity that was on WB back in the day. I used to watch that as well, and we reminisced over the Ben/Felicity/Noel love triangle, and admitted we both always wanted Felicity to end up with Ben. A few days after this conversation I was inspired to to binge-watch Felicity on Netflix. Watching this show I realized that I didn’t have an awkward sense of style in my early high school years, and that it was the fault of late-90s style that drove me to wear huge wool sweaters, and baggy pants.

My friend, six years older than me, is generally…

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Entitled Millennials?

Get down from that tree, Generation Y!
Get down from that tree, Generation Y! (Photo credit: larrybobsf)

I continue to be pleasantly affirmed by blogs like this one that influence my point of view on Millennials and keep my “Millennial Expertise” informed and in check. Well done.

entitled millennial

As you may have inferred from the title of this blog, Entitled Millennial, I do not know struggle. Please indulge me as I try to clarify that statement within this piece. And why, perhaps more importantly, despite not knowing struggle this does not bar me and other Millennials from expressing our thoughts.

I do not know what struggle means, I have seen it but never tasted. I have heard it, but never lived it. I have passed it by, but never really stopped. And the thing is that, many of my fellow Millennials don’t know the first thing about real struggle either.

What do I mean by real struggle? I suppose it’s probably best if I try to define what I mean before people get defensive. Real struggle is not knowing where you’re going to sleep at night, real struggle is not knowing how you will feed yourself or your…

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Are Millennials stuck in an entertainment-choice rut because of their stunted growth? I wouldn’t dare say so, but lets see what one “so-called Millennial” thinks….

So-Called Millennial

We all have slips of judgement, and poor taste at times when it comes to our entertainment choices. I tease my husband for watching reruns of He-Man, but not as much as he teases me for watching Days of Our Lives. Not many people my age can say they have been watching Days for 21 years (I’m only 28). It’s not something to brag about, but still true. I take the ups and downs of the people of Salem with a grain of salt. The events twist and turn in a way that’s entertaining, but doesn’t challenge me to think on a deeper level. That is the point.

In the article The novel America needs in 2013 (CNN News) by author Mark Bauerlein, he points the embarrassing entertainment choices of Millennials. He blames the the poor entertainment choices on the stalled adulthood of Millennials:

“Adolescence used to be…

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From American Dream to American Reality: Gen Y Coming of Age

If I were to have a conversation with my parents or anyone from the Baby Boom Generation about what the context of their upbringing was, you would likely hear stories about how they or their parents worked hard to achieve their dreams knowing that they had the opportunities to succeed as long as they were … Continue reading From American Dream to American Reality: Gen Y Coming of Age

Is creativity the new mid-life crisis?

With quest rapidly approaching their mid thirties and having grown up in a hyper-scheduled race-to-achievement culture, only to enter the workforce at a time of recession and just in time to see their parent's lifetimes of investments collapse like a box of rocks, I have 2 predictions: 1. They will suffer early-onset mid-life crises 2. … Continue reading Is creativity the new mid-life crisis?