Thursday, March 25, 2010

What defines our generation?

In class, we've moved through several literary movements that are characterized by similar themes in social life and trends in literature. Inequality and racism, the overwhelming effects of industrialization, the harrowing realities of war, feminism, etc. It makes me wonder what will be the issues of our generation, and will we be the future authors that portray these issues?

Lately, it's been hard to turn on the news and not hear some conservative vs. liberal discussion about healthcare (so I don't turn on the news), and it depresses me to think that fiscal policy is the most exciting thing to report on the news. There seems to be no obvious radical, revolutionary social issue that truly defines our generation--but maybe that's just me. What do you guys think?


  1. I think in terms of social issues, same-sex marriage has been a really defining thing for our generation and will probably continue to be for while. I've heard a lot of people say that after women's rights an the Civil Rights movement that gay rights is sort of the final social equality movement.

  2. I cant play the video clip for some reason but if it is the episode where he writes LIBERTARIAN and CONSERVATIVE on a board and breaks down parts of the word and makes fun of them.. ive seen it! I think that the modern way and failing economic system here are a big part of our generation but also equal rights movements are far from over.. both racially, with gay rights and rights for disabled people.
    ah but the daily show where he breaks down CONSERVATIVE and what not was sort of entertaining.. but Colbert report is way better!!

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  4. I suppose some would argue that enacting a broader public health care option is radical.