Monday, April 28, 2014

Videos by Millennials, for Millennials


What is my current media obsession? As of now, it is Youtube videos created by millennials, for millennials.


Since millennials are the largest consumers of media, millennial-run media is essential. Millennials are often fed negative messages about themselves. A TIME article blamed the plight of millennials on their habits, such as texting and taking “selfies.” In order to combat negative depictions of themselves in mass media, millennials turn to social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. There, they provide realistic images of themselves while mentioning their experiences in a humorous and relatable way.


An example of millennial-run media is Stephen Parkhurst’s “Millennials: We Suck and We’re Sorry” on Youtube. The video is a satirical take on the negative depictions of millennials in the form of an apology. It addresses common depictions of millenials as entitled, lazy, passionate about nothing except texting, and unwilling to move out of their parents’ basements. Baby boomers, instead, are obviously better than millenials: they worked hard, were passionate, went outside to do something, and had cool music to boot. Right?


Not exactly. The speakers in the video then mention the faults of the baby boomers. The baby boomers in fact, were responsible for economic decline and environmental catastrophe and yet they have the nerve to point their fingers at millenials just because they like to text. I think I’ve explained enough. Here’s the video to watch for yourselves:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4IjTUxZORE&list=TLCULDPIPTHRJR5nssYFUJTZMMqP41BAad

I also enjoyed the video, “Customer Service: It Gets Worse” modeled after Dan Savage’s well-known “It Gets Better” campaign. The video exposes that not everything necessarily gets better, which includes millenials’ place in the job market. Despite being the most educated generation, millenials face underemployment. Effects of underemployment include low pay, crappy people, and chronic dissatisfaction and despair. Basically, this video is a breath of fresh air from the images of pseudo-positivity that is prevalent in the media. To watch a funny and honest video, just click on this link here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EJw6oGSft0&list=TLnrrTTTWJk-hgd9z-yFKD1lGwsASe5qqo

Let's hope things don't get worse!

-Jacqueline Retalis

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