Make me belong, make me significant, please.

The way ‘the younger generation’ are written about in Britain seems to schizophrenically flit between demonisation and deification. This is a fairly time honored tradition – but beneath it there’s this assertion that somehow, young people are different today. Sure their social context is different (17 years free from an economic recession, access to higher education, older families, more expensive houses, pervasive digital technologies) but we’d do well to remember two things. First, that people who are aged 16 today are the first generation to have grown up with both grandparents and parents who were also young people in the modern sense (they experienced 16-25 with adult bodies but without adult responsibilities)  – there is no basis for a generation gap on the scale of that which existed in the 1960s between the boomers and their their parents who fought the war. If anything the possibilities for inter-generational empathy have never really been greater. Second, we’d also do well to remember, as this little nub points out, the basic struggle of young people to balance their desire to ‘belong’ and to be ‘significant’ is pretty much the same as it always has been. You could intersperse this video with stills from Teddy Boys in the 1950s, the Isle of Wight Festival in 1969, This is England or an Acid House Party and it would still basically make sense. But fair play – since the video is kind of speaking for the anonymous voice of a generation that allegedly live inside their phones and computers it makes sense that the voice just comes ‘out of the computer’ without pictures. Clever.

For more from the exciting world of youth insight see this presentation from Graham Brown of Mobile Youth.

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