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UNC Press - The Virgin Vote
"There was a time when young people were the most passionate participants in American democracy. In the second half of the nineteenth century--as voter turnout reached unprecedented peaks--young people led the way, hollering, fighting, and flirting at massive midnight rallies. Parents trained their children to be “violent little partisans,” while politicians lobbied twenty-one-year-olds for their “virgin votes”—the first ballot cast upon reaching adulthood. In schoolhouses, saloons, and squares, young men and women proved that democracy is social and politics is personal, earning their adulthood by participating in public life. Drawing on hundreds of diaries and letters of diverse young Americans--from barmaids to belles, sharecroppers to cowboys--this book explores how exuberant young people and scheming party bosses relied on each other from the 1840s to the turn of the twentieth century. It also explains why this era ended so dramatically and asks if aspects of that strange period might be useful today. In a vivid evocation of this formative but forgotten world, Jon Grinspan recalls a time when struggling young citizens found identity and maturity in democracy."
book  publisher  american  american-studies  history  politics  youth  generation  19c 
july 2016 by tsuomela
This interview will make Leslie Knope cry - Vox
"In their new book Running From Office, political scientists Jennifer Lawless and Richard Fox sift through new survey and interview data and find that millennials — or, depending on your browser extensions, "snake people" — loathe politics. They don't respect politicians. They don't want to run for office. They don't want to follow political news. They don't even want to talk with their friends about politics. Kids today would literally prefer to be a high school principal than a member of Congress."
politics  careers  generation  generational-analysis  value  public-service 
august 2015 by tsuomela
No Sympathy for Poors from the Silver Hordes - The Baffler
"According to a new Brookings Institution study, the majority of America’s elderly don’t want the government to help poor people. And they sure as hell don’t want the government to provide them with health insurance. (Get our government hands off their Medicaid?)"
politics  generation  baby-boomers  health-care  poverty 
march 2015 by tsuomela
An ye shall know us by our hobbies | Notional Slurry
"What hap­pens is that you stop being part of your Gen­er­a­tion. My wife and I are not really part of any Gen­er­a­tion, X or otherwise—we’re a demo­graphic subspecies. If you needed to name us, it would be OK to call us the Hob­by­ists. Those of you who are not us should fear us. I meet more of us all the time; I like us, because we’re inter­est­ing and talk­ing with the oth­ers among us suf­fuses me with glee."
hobbies  amateur  feedback  community  generation  mortality 
april 2013 by tsuomela
The generation game — Crooked Timber
"A combination of circumstances in the late 1950s and the 1960s created a generational moment for those who were young in that blissful false dawn. For that brief moment, the distinction between the young and the old seemed fundamentally important. Generational cliches took root and have become part of our culture, but they have outlived their usefulness. The winners and losers in a world of globalisation, attacks on the welfare state and resurgent market forces cannot be neatly parcelled into age groups, however often commentators on both sides of the debate attempt it."
generational-analysis  generation  history  culture  demography 
september 2012 by tsuomela
Share or Die, the Book | David Bollier
Shareable Magazine has just released a lively book that provides a few answers.  It doesn't offer any grand manifestos so much as a series of highly personal, evocative testimonies filled with rays of hope.  Share or Die:  Voices of the Get Lost Generation in the Age of Crisis, is an eclectic collection of essays about the ways that young people are trying to build happier, wholesome, workable lives for themselves as the edifice of late-stage capitalism begins to implode. 
book  review  commons  economics  generation  education 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Silent Majority Millennials - By Connor Kilpatrick - The eXiled
"As much fun as it is to kick around the Boomers, we gotta move past it. Generational politics is a dead-end. Fuck it, someone slap the shit out of me if I ever say the word “Millennial’ after this. Because once we’ve set up this economic collapse as nothing more than generational warfare, we’re already lost–we’ve created a narrative which the wealthy can easily co-opt and spin for their own fiendish ends.

So keep your eyes on the prize, Millennials: it’s capitalism that’s the problem. Not the grey-hairs."
generational-analysis  generation  politics  argument  capitalism  social-security  propaganda 
april 2012 by tsuomela
“Future generations” are already here — Crooked Timber
"Furthermore, by the nature of overlapping generations, there is no point at which a coherent distinction between current and future generations can be drawn. In the absence of some general catastrophe, many children alive today will still be alive in 2100, at which time people already alive will reasonably be able to anticipate the possibility of survival well into the 22nd century."
philosophy  future  generation  intergenerational  argument 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Lance Mannion: Art for sexs sake
"Evaluating the relative genius of artists by comparing the emotional effect a work of art by one artist had on you when you were young with the effect a work by a different artist has had on you now when you’re on the brink of old age isn’t criticism, it’s memoir."
memoir  art  movies  sex  memory  age  generation 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Should This Be the Last Generation? -
Is a world with people in it better than one without? Put aside what we do to other species — that’s a different issue. Let’s assume that the choice is between a world like ours and one with no sentient beings in it at all... Can non-existent people have a right to come into existence?

I do think it would be wrong to choose the non-sentient universe. In my judgment, for most people, life is worth living. Even if that is not yet the case, I am enough of an optimist to believe that, should humans survive for another century or two, we will learn from our past mistakes and bring about a world in which there is far less suffering than there is now. But justifying that choice forces us to reconsider the deep issues with which I began. Is life worth living? Are the interests of a future child a reason for bringing that child into existence? And is the continuance of our species justifiable in the face of our knowledge that it will certainly bring suffering to innocent future human beings?
intergenerational  ethics  future  generation  philosophy 
november 2010 by tsuomela
The Question | Corrente
The Democrats who are wringing their hands over the costs of the Tea Party, are really already getting ahead of the game of kicking their own populists. The Democratic Party needed Obama himself to come out and kick his own base, repeatedly. That base, once kicked, stayed down. With the results seen in the election. The old voted, and largely as they have voted for the last 10 years: in favor of gray fascism. The young did not vote. In only two years, Obama had lost them

But this is mirrored across the developed world: in the UK, the budget will be balanced on the backs of the young, including in University fees. In France, retirement age increases were pushed through by a government with less than 30% approval. In Germany a right wing coalition imposes austerity on all of Europe, to keep the currency reigned in. The global old, are in firm control of the future, and since they do not have much future, they are voting to strip it bare.
politics  generation  intergenerational  justice  economics  democrats  progressive  failure  age 
november 2010 by tsuomela
National Journal Magazine - The Gray And The Brown: The Generational Mismatch
Although cultural disputes often generate the most heat, government budgets are likely to become the central point of conflict between younger minorities and older whites. At the state level, where governors are grappling with persistent deficits, the strains revolve around the choice between raising taxes or cutting spending. At the national level, Congress faces not only that familiar debate but also the competition between investing in education and other programs that benefit children, or spending on those that benefit seniors, primarily Medicare and Social Security.
politics  age  generation  generational-analysis  minorities  race  education  retirement  demography  population  future 
july 2010 by tsuomela
News: The Aging of Science - Inside Higher Ed
What if key elements of science policy are based on patterns of discovery that no longer exist?

That's the question behind a paper released Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The paper -- by Benjamin Jones, associate professor of management at Northwestern University -- argues that science has changed in key ways. Specifically, it argues that the age at which researchers are able to make breakthroughs has advanced, and that scientists are parts of increasingly larger teams, encouraging narrow specialization. Yet, he argues, science policy (or a lot of it) continues to assume the possibility if not desirability of breakthroughs by a lone young investigator.
science  sts  sociology  discovery  generation  age  success  collaboration  teamwork  scale  economics 
may 2010 by tsuomela
How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America - The Atlantic (March 2010)
The Great Recession may be over, but this era of high joblessness is probably just beginning. Before it ends, it will likely change the life course and character of a generation of young adults. It will leave an indelible imprint on many blue-collar men. It could cripple marriage as an institution in many communities. It may already be plunging many inner cities into a despair not seen for decades. Ultimately, it is likely to warp our politics, our culture, and the character of our society for years to come.
economics  sociology  recession  effects  unemployment  income  money  jobs  generational-analysis  generation 
february 2010 by tsuomela
AFL-CIO NOW BLOG | ‘Young Workers: A Lost Decade’
Something bad happened in the past 10 years to young workers in this country: Since 1999, more of them now have lower-paying jobs, if they can get a job at all; health care is a rare luxury and retirement security is something for their parents, not them. In fact, many—younger than 35—still live at home with their parents because they can’t afford to be on their own.
money  economics  labor  jobs  generation  age  youth  2000s 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Los Angeles Art+Books - Love Sex Fear Death: The Inside Story of the Process Church of the Final Judgment - page 1
Review of Love Sex Fear Death: The Inside Story of the Process Church of the Final Judgment by Terry Willey.
book  review  1960s  drugs  generation  cults  history 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Mistakes with nonexistent people « Meteuphoric
Who is better off if you live and I die? Is one morally obliged to go around impregnating women? Is the repugnant conclusion repugnant? Is secret genocide OK? Does it matter if humanity goes extinct? Why shouldn’t we kill people? Is pity for the dead warranted?

All these discussions come down to the same question often: whether to care about the interests of people who don’t exist but could.
ethics  morality  generation  intergenerational  future  existence  modal  environment  global-warming  climate 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Harmony Fills Generation Gap, Study Finds - CBS News
Young people, far from rejecting the values of their parents, seem to fault themselves for not living up to those standards. People under 30 tend to think older people have better moral values than they do, the poll said.
generational-analysis  generation  survey  values  attitude  american  1960s  youth 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Forty Years After Woodstock, A Gentler Generation Gap - Pew Research Center
But this modern generation gap is a much more subdued affair than the one that raged in the 1960s, for relatively few Americans of any age see it as a source of conflict -- either in society at large or in their own families.
generational-analysis  generation  survey  values  american  attitude  1960s  youth 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Guest Post: “Why Everyone Younger Than You is Spoiled” « A (Budding) Sociologist’s Commonplace Book
I think younger generations are already well aware that older generations (particularly boomers) think we’re a bunch of slackers. In fact, I’ve gotten so tired of hearing this from my elders that I’ve spent some time contemplating why older generations think us younger generations are so spoiled.

While there are many things that must feed into this complex phenomenon, I think that a major culprit here is our elders’ amateur financial accounting. In fact, I’ve isolated four main issues with the economic accounting of older generations that I believe leads them to think of us youth as spoiled
generational-analysis  generation  economics  culture 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Joe Bageant: Abiders and leavers
Part of an ongoing series of letters about staying and leaving, abiding and going.
experience  age  localism  past  cosmopolitanism  mobility  generation  perception  country(Norway) 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Joe Bageant: Spake the geezer to the stripling youth
This letter from a reader is in response to Joe's short essay "On Native Ground".
experience  age  cosmopolitanism  mobility  generation 
may 2009 by tsuomela » The Rights of Future Generations
These principles amount to an Intergenerational Golden Rule: When making decisions about our world, we should do unto our children as we wish our parents had done unto us.
philosophy  generation  intergenerational  justice  future  rights  environment  commons  law 
may 2009 by tsuomela
The Granddaddy State - Economix Blog -
This language implies that the current generation borrows and future generations pay. But borrowing creates assets as well as liabilities — and future generations will inherit both. It’s the relationship between assets and liabilities that matters most.
generational-analysis  generation  debt  government  fiscal-policy  future 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Open the Future: The End of Long-Term Thinking
Jamais Cascio changes from long-term thinking to "multigenerational" thinking.
future  language  generation  generational-analysis  intergenerational  ethics  long-term 
march 2009 by tsuomela
It's Culture, Not Morality :: Inside Higher Ed :: Higher Education's Source for News, Views and Jobs
"Blum is arguing that the current approach of higher education to plagiarism is a shock and awe strategy — dazzle students with technology and make them afraid, very afraid, of what could happen to them.

But since there isn’t a Guantanamo Bay large enough for the population that plagiarizes, Blum wants higher education to embrace more of a hearts and minds strategy in which academics consider why their students turn in papers as they do, and the logic behind those choices."
academia  culture  plagiarism  morality  ethics  generational-analysis  generation 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Generator.x: Software and generative strategies in art and design
Generator.x is a conference and exhibition examining the current role of software and generative strategies in art and design.
art  generator  generation  technology 
november 2008 by tsuomela
Generation Overwhelmed | The American Prospect
What happened is that it was buried in a mountain of other stories about the torture, murder, and blatant disregard for our civil liberties and environmental health. What happened is that none of us can psychologically survive if we pay too much attention
generation  history  culture  commentary  politics  60s  overload  activism  youth  generational-analysis  information-overload 
october 2007 by tsuomela

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