Where is the so-called voice of youth? It’s missing.


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2The voice of youth may be a tired phrase, but it’s an important concept. A generation of doormats has no voice. If such a generation now exists, it’s a serious problem.

I refuse to believe that younger people have no opinions. That’s certainly not my experience. Even the “sadly educated” have at least a few ideas of their own.

The current under 20s generation, as seen in media and tedious loudmouthed social media, seems to be a video game addicted collection of aspiring corporate corpses? Is Big Bang Theory or some excruciating bit of “entertainment” all anyone can think of to do with youth? If so, it’s a real insult.

How did that happen? Don’t people take the under 20s seriously? If not, why not? This is the generation which will be fighting the next wars, getting lumbered with a tech economy in which old style careers and jobs will be impossible, and from the look of it, largely broke and struggling to make ends meet.

This is a true future disaster in progress, and the possible answers to those questions are hardly reassuring. “Reasons” for not taking the younger generation seriously may include:

  • They’re broke: Therefore they’re not economically relevant, and have little if any real social clout. Try that on a spreadsheet. Talk about a no chance scenario.
  • They can’t influence an economy and a society they can’t access: True of the chronically poor since the beginning of recorded history, and a great way to effectively discard an entire generation.
  • They have no political muscle: Wrong, but expedient, this view of the younger generation is basically lazy. They will have some sort of political clout, but it’ll be handicapped by the above points, which will also be their main areas of political interest.
  • They’re “dumb”: This very cynical view means that younger people are stuck with the image of how things work. They’re not criminals (yet, no thanks to this thinking) they’re not corrupt, and they take things on trust, like most young people. Therefore they’re idiots? Shaky logic, but look how little is done to inform them. The most communicative generation in history is being fed garbage.
  • They’re sick: This toxic wasteland of an environment makes people sick. Being sick is “wrong”. Therefore the young, if sick, are bad people. Particularly if they miraculously can’t afford treatment. So it’s all their fault.
  • They’re obstructed by employment factors: Since some collection of morons decided people should work all the way to the grave, promotions and opportunities have been reduced for younger people. That’s their fault, too.
  • They’re media-dependent: Another very wrong view. That’s what they said about the 60s generation, and look what happened. That generation made its own culture, because the mainstream culture was too insane. The modern generation ARE at a disadvantage, stuck with crap in incredible amounts, but it IS crap. You can’t live on crap forever.

If this collection of “reasons” is making you puke, imagine how living it feels. If there is a “voice of youth” muttering around under all this filth, it must be doing a lot of swearing.

What “voice of youth”?

So what would you call a “voice of youth”? Instagram? Selfies to the point of death? Facebook, with its paid collection of psycho trolls? Rap? Rock? Idiotic movies full of people shooting each other? Some youth culture you’ve got there, Grandma.

Instagram is a brief attention span, low value, visual thing. Facebook is a social medium for older people. Twitter is X characters of spleen or wit, depending on your perspective.

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Rap and rock are both over 40 years old. “Youth” has nothing to do with it, particularly when rap and rock are both obsessing over irrelevances. Nobody gives a damn about some gangsta or hairstyle whining about everything. Whining is easy; it’s getting somewhere that’s difficult. That culture is dead and it goes nowhere anyway. It’s also avoidable, and to their credit, most younger people can take it or leave it, and they do.

The fact is that there is no place for a voice of youth. This is a middle class morgue of values, imposed on youth. If the poor bastards are glued to their phones, it’s because they have very few other places to go.

The pity of it is that this generation is quite articulate, when it gets a chance, which is almost never. Even allowing for the day care version of the arts we have now, they can be very interesting, if able to get a word in.

The voice of youth is getting drowned out by the senile babblings of a society from the past. Geriatric politics, corporate wanking, you name it, it has more coverage and more space than it deserves, at the expense of youth. That’s a damn high cost.

The environment and the voice of youth, sort of

One area where the younger generation is getting somewhere, with some natural justification, is the environment. Kids usually react to any environment in which they grow up as “normal”. This hellhole of a planet, however, as it now is, (it really wasn’t) is getting plenty of attention. They’re not treating it as normal, but something to be fixed, which is quite right.

That, of course, instantly conflicts with the established apathy and stupidity of these times. It’s a very good sign that younger people are involved with the environment, and not just because of the environment. The conflict will  also help to spell out other conflicts, like careers, money, jobs, and the rest of the dysfunctional, hopelessly incompetent mess this generation is entering. To fight this is to fight the war that needs fighting, against the dehumanization of humanity. The option is to win. Should work, too, given the ineptitude of this society, which can never defend against the new and fun.

Inventing a voice of youth

If you were to invent a new voice of youth, it would have to be well outside the shabby, boring, predictable, cardboard box which modern media provides. It would have to be crowd-social-accessible-acceptable, without the ancient garbage. It would also have to be sourced entirely from younger people, even if some older people would like to help. (If you’re older, be helpful but peripheral; youth is sacred, not to be intruded upon.)

One thing this generation has proven is that it’s quite happy to leave the garbage behind. Finding points of access seems to be a strong suit for a generation living in a barely functional museum, and it may well find the voice and the way out for the voiceless.

 

 

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Being environment-friendly makes men feel ‘effeminate’?


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam CO2In what must be the most cringe-worthy, cowardly, bit of infantile peer pressure since day care, men feel less macho when it comes to the environment and being eco-friendly. Aww…. Diddums?

This truly dire finding of boyish spinelessness comes to you courtesy of the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. It was an odd survey they did, but an interesting one, despite the findings. Seems everyone, including women, sees the environment as a feminine thing. Being eco-friendly, therefore, makes you less of a guy? How?

How simple-minded can you get? Even allowing for not-very-dazzling intellects and personalities:

May I point out to any alleged males having an identity crisis on this subject – Exactly how much less of a guy you could be, in conforming mindlessly to such a banal, truly stupid, view of the environment, is debatable.

I don’t know where you guys rent your testosterone, (same place you get your social skills?)  but you’re obviously getting a supremely inferior product.

Environment? What environment? This one, idiots.

In the days of hunting for a living, and trying not to get killed by the “effeminate” environment, the view was very different. It was undisputed proof of manhood to survive that environment. Survival was very tough. Many tribes around the world had solo survival ordeals. If you failed, you were no loss to anyone, including yourself.

Let’s check out the state of play:

Now, so far from brave, almost suicidal, real hunters, we have weaklings using super powered weapons pretending to be hunters shooting sedated lions, giraffes, and calling it macho? It’s not. It’s cowardice incarnate. (To start with-  How could you miss, and how could you be in any real danger from these truly stuffed animals?)

You pathetic lost hairstyles are calling yourselves men? You’re macho? How? With what? Your endless two year old egos? How can having an opinion about the environment make you less of a man, unless by your own actions?

Does wanting a decent, exciting, and sometimes dangerous place to live make you less of a man? How the hell would you know? It’s not like you’ve ever got out of your suburban bassinet, is it?

Does living in a global stinking, mismanaged criminal sewer make you a man? You seem to think it does. That says more about you than you may ever understand.

Does taking time off from grovelling to everyone and everything make you a man? It might, but you won’t, will you? If you’re too damn scared to even have your own opinions about the environment, who cares? You obviously don’t qualify as male.

Some media peasant/ dunghill dweller says the environment – the thing you depend on for survival – is “feminine” and “for losers”, and you simply agree? Wow, are you a waste of space.

This survey has exposed a flaw in male psychology and survival skills which seems to be getting as bad as the 80% drop in male fertility, caused by environmental mismanagement. A mere word scares you and threatens your manhood? Running away is a survival skill, but when it comes to the environment, there’s nowhere to run.

So – Fuck ye off mightily and far away, O “sons” of weakness, and don’t come back. Don’t call yourselves men. You don’t have the right.

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media Jam, Paul Wallis books

 

 

Generation Verbose – How the world is talking itself to death


 

Paul Wallis, Sydney Media JamIt’s not often I feel like a mime as a writer, but reading the New York Times today was an exercise in following extremely articulate, extremely verbose people through a virtual supermarket of subjects. I like people being articulate; what I don’t like is the descent into minutiae that seems to inevitably follow.

Better to say less and have a decent idea of what you’re talking about, than to say more and simply follow your own statements around like a lost dog. I notice this a lot with people who are otherwise highly intelligent.

Chasing your own logic can be a pretty thankless task. What bothers me most is that so many people seem to try for consistency and eloquence when they should be trying for substance. I didn’t particularly agree or disagree with most of what I read; I simply didn’t like the way it was said.

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This book is all about creative ideas. Nobody has yet died of reading it, but it’s a pretty tough call for those not familiar with working with ideas.

There are other ways of expressing yourself than through some sort of strange Lego- like series of connections with ideological positions, previous statements, and the apparently endless need to justify each statement.

To clarify – It’s highly debatable whether there is a specifically “right” way to express anything. They’re probably shouldn’t be; many statements are made as a result of prior logic, which can be anything. There’s no good reason to demand a particular form of expression on any subject.

The problem is that when articulate people speak, even when they are speaking absolute nonsense, they basically promote further responses to whatever they’re speaking about. It may be absolute garbage or absolute genius, but it will generate a response. The problem with that is that the response follows the logic. However stupid the statements, a sudden very articulate discussion about something stupid will follow.

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Why there’s no point in talking to conservatives at all


 

corporate dynamicConservatives used to be real people, not rehashed two dimensional jingles with no opinions of their own about anything. Conservatives used to be all about serious social responsibility.  Now it’s about how many vermin can get on the political gravy train.

Neo conservatism is a sort of endless un-communications workshop, where reciting by rote every single word is the only real agenda.

 

There’s no such thing as a personal opinion. Everything is pre-scripted. It’s a pretty simple good/bad approach for neo conservatives:

Good (must love)

  • Republicans past and present
  • Deregulation
  • Guns
  • Rich people
  • Wall Street
  • Anti-environmentalism
  • Oil industry
  • Tea Party
  • Kochs
  • Talkback hosts/ FOX
  • Anti-ethnicity of any kind
  • State secession
  • Business of any kind
  • Historical fiction
  • Pharmaceutical prices
  • Rich lifestyles
  • Old people with assets

Bad (must hate)

  • Democrats past and present
  • Regulation
  • Gun laws
  • Poor people
  • Mentioning financial crime of any kind
  • All environmental issues
  • Greenhouse issues, spills, etc.
  • Anyone who disagrees
  • Any reference to human needs
  • Anyone with a different opinion
  • Civil rights/ constitution, etc.
  • Federal government
  • Any mention of corporate crime
  • Historical facts
  • Sick people
  • Homeless people
  • Old people without assets
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Didn’t know that, eh?

This is pretty much how you imprint chickens. Whether you actually believe people are this simple or not, there’s a good, potentially lucrative career in pretending to be so dumb for neo conservatives.

The fact is that none of these issues are negotiable on any level. You can’t be “a bit conservative” any more. Everything is black and white. The super-rich are wonderful and should have more money. The ultra-poor are horrible, and should have less of everything.

 

Similarly:

  • Any statement made by a conservative politician or commentator is gospel truth; any other statement is just plain wrong.
  • No conservative statement or policy can be questioned, at all, by anyone.
  • It’s a bit like believing in Santa Claus. A conservative will be elected, and there’ll be milk and cookies and Christmas presents for all, like during the Great Depression and the Great Recession.

Now the question – What can you talk to these people about?

  • You quite literally can’t even discuss the weather, which is a socialist conspiracy.
  • You can’t talk about trees and animals, which, like Nature, are sworn enemies of democracy.
  • You can’t talk about the price of meds; it’s your own fault for not being prepared to pay multiples of original costs.
  • If anything at all is said by anyone else, the exact opposite must be true.

Personal perspective regarding conservatives

conservativesIronically, if I wanted to take it easy, I could be a conservative. I’m over-qualified, in fact.  I’m 100% WASP, upper middle class by birth, raised in 1% Land in Australia.  One of my German family distant relatives is a major GOP donor. (There are so few people with this German name (not my surname) that we’re instantly recognizable.)

The problem – I was also raised as a kid to despise social climbers, hypocrites, mob rule, bullies, and cowards.  Strangely enough, as an adult, I do, simply because they are what they are. They’re trash, pure and simple. They don’t belong in buildings, let alone in public office. They’re basically useless, incompetent, and extremely untrustworthy.

This is an example of my perspective in practice:

We had a local politician, a pretty average/ also very parrot-like sitting conservative Member of Parliament who was talking to our neighborhood about an election, and he said, in all cynical innocence: “Well, of course, you people have to vote for us, don’t you?”  He was booted out at the next election. Our 1% Land blue-ribbon conservative electorate elected a socialist, for the first time in living memory.

Translation:  Remember who you’re talking to, you scum. You don’t have to elect these vermin, whatever side they claim to be on.

Point made, I think?

 

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