I’ve seen this go around a few times on Facebook, I apologize for the fact that I can’t credit it as I have absolutely no idea who created it.
Anyway a few days ago I had a conversation with a couple of people about the current state of affairs in the world and particularly, the US. We were talking about how it seems, as time goes on there are more and more incidents of police brutality, shootings, what have you, in less and less time and it seems like there is a climax coming soon. There are more protests and more people protesting and it seems like the resistance is growing.
It does indeed make sense that my/our generation outnumbers the baby boomers because most of us are children or grandchildren of baby boomers and the rate of population increase hasn’t gone down much. And yes between TV shows, movies, books, celebrities, and the corruption of news, a lot of us are couch potatoes just watching TV and playing video games all day. But there is something that whoever wants us distracted failed to realize. In giving us books, TV shows and movies, they gave us Fandoms. Global networks of teens and young adults who are communicating with each other over social networks. A while back Justin Bieber said something about Jared Padelecki that enraged the Supernatural fandom. The result? Everyone who could, in just about every fandom I know of, watched the next episode of Supernatural that aired and it became the most watched episode in a long time and got the show renewed for another season. This is the power of our generation.
We made a change overnight, with just the vastness of our numbers. No wonder they’ve tried to smother us because it’s true, that if we all directed that energy to the current state of our country and the world, we could create change overnight.
There is an argument to be made that we now have a mentality of waiting for the next installment whether it be an episode, movie or book, instead of actually doing something to create change. But that’s only because we haven’t gotten our spark yet. We need a Mockingjay.
So by all means, give us more vapid shows and music. The true artists out there know how to sneak the real stuff in. Meanwhile our numbers and power will keep growing and when the ones holding us down make the wrong move that gives us our Mockingjay. We will be waiting to give them hell. And in fact it’s happening right under their noses. In trying to keep us down, they literally gave us the tools to create a successful revolution. And that right there is the power of our generation.