Ok Boomer: Gen Z takes a stand

Generational rifts, they happen.  But the divide seems to be more than ever right now. Politically, younger people are getting involved, businesses are being started by younger people, social media is creating movement upon movement and newer voices are becoming louder.

Being spoken to condescendingly has been the norm for Gen Z and Millennials over the past few years. These generations are being portrayed as entitled and lazy, not being able to handle the seemingly easier lifestyle they have in comparison to their parents. But, as Gen Z has begun to enter into the adult world, they are realizing that all the blame isn’t necessarily on them. The current political climate, the literal climate, social issues, financial struggles, crowded workforces, the growing strain on the healthcare system, these are all things that are being handed over to the next generation from the ailing hands of the Baby Boomers.

Gen Z is tired of having their concerns dismissed. Technology is on the rise and the sharing of knowledge and information is extremely easy. Staying informed, at least for the younger crowd, is simple and intuitive. While it is true that they will never know the struggles that their parents did, they’re dealing with a whole new monster.

“When I was in college my summer job paid for my tuition, you need to work harder”

“I was moved out and decently into my career but the time I was your age”

“People today are just more sensitive, stop using your mental health to get out of things”

Ok Boomer

 

New Zealand MP Chloe Swarbrick, 25, mentioned her age during her speech about climate change, which made her fellow members of parliament furrow their brows, and begin whispering to each other. Her response to this somewhat rude outburst? “Ok Boomer”

Urban Dictionary explains the phrase as being used against outdated ideals or blatant misinformation coming from a Baby Boomer. Whoever is saying “ok boomer” that deconstructing the viewpoint and arguing their stance would be futile, not even knowing where to start the explanation from. Baby Boomers are offended by it because they feel it’s disrespectful. Well, Plot twist: It’s meant to be condescending.

Disregarding someone’s opinion because of their age is wrong, yet “lack of life experience” is often used against younger individuals. Swarbrick’s witty retort turned the table.

After years of being written off because of their age, Gen Z is countering back with the notion that the baby boomers are out of touch with the reality. After the constant dismissal of their fears about the climate, minimum wage, health care and social equality, Gen Z are now on the same adult playing field. A generation of informed, tech-savvy teenagers are now full on members of society, just like the people who once ignored them.

Is this angst? Totally. But is it valid? Are these a bunch of entitled kids who just want to disrespect authority, or are they bringing up a legitimate flaw in the thought process of their elders?

November, The Month of National Holidays

November is kind of a bland month. All the cute fall stuff is over, you can’t go to the pumpkin patch anymore, spooky season is done. But at the same time it feels too early to start Christmas festivities. So, if you’re looking to celebrate something, bring some joy to your cold, rainy days, I’ve found a plethora of basically pointless national celebration days to fill your month.

Starting off, November 7th is National Cappuccino Day, so treat yourself to a pretentiously over priced coffee, and while you’re at it, celebrate National Vanilla Cupcake Day a bit early (it’s actually on the 10th) because coffee and cupcakes are a match made in heaven.
Muffin, Coffee, Coffee Maker, Afternoon Coffee

National Pickle Day is coming up on the 14th of November, so eat whatever pickles you have lying around and get a head start on the next day’s celebration, National Clean-out Your Refrigerator Day. Now that you’ve probably thrown out more food than you were expecting, take advantage of November 16th being National Fast Food Day. Don’t worry about how much you eat because that following Sunday is National “Take a Hike” Day.

Bottles, Food, Gallon, Inside, Light, Milk

 

Our good friend Mickey Mouse turns 91 on the 18th, I’m sure you could figure out something fun to do for that.

An actual National day that isn’t USA based is Red Mitten Day on November 21st. Sport your red 2010 Olympic mittens, or a more recent pair to show your support for Canadian athletes.Canada, Mitten, Outdoors, Cold, Fun, Red, Park

November 23rd is National Espresso Day, just hit up the same café you went to on the 7th but just get a caffeine shot? As someone who drinks coffee everyday, I appreciate that I have an excuse to drink more.

Now, my personal favourite and probably the only one on this list I’m going to go out of my way to participate in is Blasé Day on the 25th. Blasé is a French word that means to be indifferent or unimpressed, and on Blasé Day, you are allowed to be as vocal about that as you want. So, embrace the apathetic ‘meh’ of the day and passively complain to your empty heart’s content.

Then, of course, there’s American Thanksgiving, but we had enough turkey last month. More notable is Black Friday, so hit up those sales and get stocked up for the holidays

There you go. I’ve just given you at least one non-holiday to celebrate each week for the rest of November. With that in mind, let’s try and keep the Christmas to a minimum, show some respect to the pickle and the mitten and let them have their day.

Why I’m Not “Vancouver Local”

On average I have an hour commute to BCIT. I’ve been raised in Surrey, spend most of my time in Langley, Pitt Meadows and Abbotsford, and at one point I was working in Chilliwack. So, when it comes to having a “local” focus for news stories, or showcasing “local” businesses, my definition is a bit different from my classmates.

My “local culture” is more eastbound than most of my classmates, so when it comes to writing about local events should I be stretching and trying to get a grasp of the Burnaby/Vancouver scene or should I stay with what I consider to be nearby?  Interestingly, I’ve noticed that the closer to downtown Vancouver someone lives, the smaller their circle of “local” is. A 75-minute drive is nothing to me, but some people need to get in the right mindset for such a road trip. A quick stop in Langley?  “You mean making a daytrip, right?” Honey, that’s my daily commute, are you afraid of bridges or something?

Whether a market is in Burnaby or Maple Ridge, a sale is at Cottonwood or Metrotown, a celebrity visits Fort Langley or New Westminster, I still view it as local.

My favourite thing is when people have Vancouver in their bio when they live in the Fraser Valley. Why is it that we feel like our actual city doesn’t cut it? I’ve heard some people say it’s because people know where Vancouver is and don’t know the smaller places, or that nothing happens outside of Vancouver, but that’s just straight up wrong. Why sell yourself so short? The Lower Mainland is so rich with opportunities, events and businesses that you can benefit from, take advantage of it.  Branch out, people! A big chunk of the cool things to do are “in Vancouver” but in reality, they’re further out, so be real about it. Lower Mainland, Greater Vancouver, all the cities kind of blend into each other, so can we stop categorizing “local” by city name?

So, I’m not from Vancouver. I’m from Langley-ish Surrey, I’m from the Lower Mainland, I’m not exactly from the Fraser Valley, but I spend my time there. But my home, my city, my “local”, is not downtown Vancouver.

Langley’s Ninja Community

You’ve probably seen it on TV “American Ninja Warrior”. Running up walls, swinging across thin wires, balancing on thin beams, basically the most intense obstacle course possible. Little did I know that there are actually these types of ninjas in our midst, training in local gyms.

Langley’s Ninja Sports Club is a parkour gym (I didn’t even know that was a thing) that specializes in balance, upper body and grip training. Earlier in October they hosted a qualifier as part of the Canadian Ninja League Competition and I was lucky enough to be invited by one of the competitors to watch for a bit.

I was amazed by the amount of strength the individuals competing had. These huge muscle-bound men would walk in confidently and end up falling off a rail because they were too top heavy, while slim guys who didn’t look intimidating at all would run up a huge warped wall with ease. In speaking with some club members while I was watching I found out it wasn’t just adult men who frequented the ninja course, but many families with young children would attend training and classes there. As the event went on, a mother and her elementary school aged kids began to race each other across a long bar in the back and challenge each other to chin up competitions. One older man told me he had injured himself a few years prior and was doing training on the obstacle course instead of cross fit.

No one while I was there was able to complete the course flawlessly, but that didn’t bring down the hype. Competitors were cheering each other on, walking along side and giving pointers as well as resetting the course after each participant. Yes, they were getting score for completing obstacles, but the fact that they were willing to try even if it was their first shot with was worthy of celebrating as well.

I have no idea who won. I was there for around three hours and when I left there were still people waiting to do the first round. But I left with a big smile on my face and my body second-hand hurting from all the crazy stunts I had seen. And hey, I need to get in better shape, I may just visit them for a class someday.

Generation Wealth Review(?)

Lauren Greenfield’s documentary ‘Generation Wealth’, tells the story of wealth, lust, greed and the extent people are willing to achieve their goals.

It follows a variety of people living luxurious lives and showcases the obvious pros as well as the multitude of often glossed over cons. Following about a dozen different individuals the doc features many thought-provoking story lines, including a Wall Street businesswoman and her struggles with starting a family later in life due to her focus on her career, a former porn star associated with Charlie Sheen, and a woman whose self-image obsession lead to her losing her children. The overlying message was basically one of valuing people over profit and to enjoy the little things instead of breaking yourself to get to the top.

Though there wasn’t much actual commentary on the problems this documentary brought up, it still was intriguing to watch. I grew up in a household that was very conscious of our spending. I had what I needed and rarely found myself wanting anything that was beyond our means. Recently though, as I’m trying to get my adult life on track, I’ve been finding myself wanting money and the freedom associated with it. Watching this made me feel like maybe I’m alright with not living affluently. The business people were portrayed as greasy, the sexuality of luxury was focused on rather graphically, the adults seemed exhausted by the work and their children seemed empty and distant. Not really where I’m wanting to head.

The part that stood out to me the most was an interview with the young adult son of a Las Vegas hostess who parties for a living. His mother had just finished saying how her goal was to be able to provide for her son and give him a good life. We are then shown a clip of her and her son (who at the time was in his late teens) getting into a limo and him telling his mother to close her legs so the camera doesn’t see up her skirt. In his interview referred to his mother by only her first name and spoke of her as if she was almost a co-worker. While he speaks of his childhood his eyes seem a little blank, and when asked about what he thinks of the nightlife he was introduced to at such an early age he casually said “Nothing surprises me anymore, let’s just say that”. He said that he’s fine with becoming a DJ at a club, but would really enjoy running a pet store.

To many people this kid is living the life. But to him, he’d just like to experience normal. It’s so interesting that no matter who we are we always want what feels unattainable for us.

If you are into documentaries and are curious about lavish living, I would definitely recommend this to you.  If you’re wanting an informative commentary on the financial priorities of America, you’ll probably need to look somewhere else

The Fear of Posting

Recently on r/AskReddit someone asked why some users don’t comment on posts. Going through the comments was pretty interesting. Ironically, many people who lurk but never interact started up a thought-provoking conversation.

One said that they felt it was redundant, that what they were thinking had already been said. Another said that they often would type out responses but then overthink them and not post. But the main thing that was brought up multiple times was the idea of attention. Either users felt that they would just be ignored so there was no point, or on the contrary that they would be on the “wrong” side of whatever was being said and that they would face criticism.

I think that could also branch into the real world. How often do we stay quiet when we feel that our opinion is in the majority? When it comes to controversy, do we avoid sharing what we think?
When it comes to sharing opinions online, I’m a bit less apprehensive. Maybe it’s the fact that I can’t see the faces of who I’m speaking with or maybe it’s the fact that once I post it, I can walk away from it, but I don’t think I’m the only one who is more confident behind a keyboard. It makes sense that cyber bullying is a thing.
I don’t post much because I’m one of those people who needs it to be perfect before I post. I delete a post if someone points out a grammar or spelling error. I rarely comment on anything. Even liking posts is a bit much for me sometimes. It’s interesting how comfortable with lurking through comment sections and watching discussions go down I’ve become. The internet almost facilitates being a bystander.
Writing posts is nerve racking! Yet here I am. Now I’m asking you, step out of your comfort zone, comment something! Put yourself out there!

Shane Dawson Takes on the Beauty Industry

Shane Dawson went from YouTube comedy to documentarian and is now branching into the makeup industry. While men in the cosmetics business are becoming more and more common, Dawson is not your typical beauty guru.

Shane Dawson has been a staple of the YouTube community for over 10 years. His videos have changed to fit the ever-changing atmosphere of the platform, whether it be reviews, collaborations, challenges, and comedic skits. The latter has brought him some trouble. His edgy comments and questionable costume choices have put him through many controversies. After taking some time to rebrand, he began to produce documentaries showing how his content had matured. Once he had done damage control for himself, he started doing it for other. He tackled the TanaCon scandal, Jake Paul’s questionable lifestyle, but the one that really turned the tables was when he collaborated with Jeffree Star.

Jeffree Star is a big name in makeup, known for his high-quality product, but also his high standards and strong opinions. He received a lot of hate during the mid 2010s, finding himself in countless public feuds with other celebrities. He was basically painted as a villain. Shane Dawson’s five-part series got over 45 million views, introducing and humanizing him to a wider audience.

Long story shorter, Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star went from strangers to friends, and now to business partners. Together they are releasing an eyeshadow palette as well as a few lipsticks.

The excitement around the ShanexJeffree makeup collaboration has been showcase in Shane’s most recent series “The Beautiful World of Jeffree Star” (the next episode scheduled to drop this Friday). The hype stretched over to Shane’s new merchandise line that he released through Killer Merch, which is owned by Jeffree. On October 15th, within one hour of the launch of his branded clothing, all of it was sold out.  The rush for their palette is expected to be the same, if not crazier. The release date has yet to be confirmed.

So, soon you will be able to go to an actual store and buy a lipstick designed by a documentarian who at one point was making skits about Degrassi. This is the world we live in. It’s a different place than it was a couple years ago, but I’d argue that it’s for the better.

How to Handle an Adult Bully

Yes, you are out of basic education. No, you have not escaped bullying. Here are 8 steps to take when dealing with a less than ideal social situation in a workplace.

1.Tell Someone 

If you find yourself in a situation that you are uncomfortable with, it is best to reach out for help and not try and take it all on yourself. Tell someone you trust about how you are feeling and ask them to keep an eye out for you. Sometimes people can witness bullying and not realize the severity of it. Having someone on the outside of a disagreement is important when you’re trying to problem solve.

2. Stay Safe

Assess the situation. Is this person going to harm you in any way? If at any point you feel like you are in over your head, remove yourself from the situation. If the person is acting unpredictably, contact a non-emergency line or your building’s security. They will document whatever has been happening and make sure that you feel safe and are able to continue work.

3. Avoid Further Altercations 

Do not engage. You are only able to control yourself, you are an adult. The bully may continue to provoke the situation, but this will do nothing unless you respond. It may be counterintuitive, but just let the bully do their thing. If you are in the right, your silence should be able to prove that.

4. Utilize Resources

You aren’t in elementary school anymore (even though people may be acting that way). The school councillor can’t go to the principal and there are no letters being sent home to parents. If you are in a workplace, speak with Human Resources. If you are part of a union, speak to your representative. Colleges often have student associations and advocates to help navigate tough problems like these. If the bully is making you fear for your safety, contact the police and see if you can get a Protection Order to limit or eliminate any interactions with that person.

5. Know Your Rights

As long as you do not retaliate in any way that is harmful, you cannot be sued. You will not be hearing from their lawyer, this is a power play that bullies of all ages often use when they are running out of ammunition. The RCMP defines criminal bullying and harassment as acts that threaten the direct safety of anyone involved, and it has to be said to one’s fac or names have to be used. Defamatory Libel involves spreading rumors, but once again, direct naming of the target has to be mentioned. If you feel that these things may be happening to you, contact the police and they will assess whether or not action needs to be taken.

6. Be Proactive

If you sense the tension rising, leave. Take a walk, grab a coffee, get some space. If you know certain topics or actions trigger your bully, avoid them. This isn’t fun for anyone, no one with any amount of empathy wants this type of behaviour to continue.

7. Document it

Screenshot those subtweets, save those texts. If they start yelling at you, subtly record it. File harassment reports, get witness statements. There is no such thing as too much evidence

8. Respect

Understand that the bully is probably going through some stuff and that this is how they are choosing to handle it. This doesn’t mean be a doormat, but take a step back and look at the situation as a whole. Understanding is key.

Other Resources:

https://www.crcc-ccetp.gc.ca/en/report-workplace-harassment-rcmp

https://operationrespect.org/2016/08/02/adult-bullying-resources/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/basics/bullying

 

Have you ever been put in a rough situation during post-secondary or in the workplace? What advice do you have for those going through it right now?

Down the Rabbit Hole

Are you prone to falling down internet rabbit holes? Like you find one link and it leads you to a page, where you find a comment that leads you to another site and then all of a sudden you’re 9 tabs into a forum about a failed experiment to turn cats into surveillance cameras. The amount of random facts I know because of my procrastinating deep dives, let’s just say I may struggle with stuff that gets graded on, but I could rock a game of obscure trivial pursuit.

We are so lucky to have so much information at our fingertips. I have never had to use a card catalog in a library, but I’ve heard it was the worst. On top of that, I’ve actually never had to rely on physical books to write a paper. If anything, I have become more grateful for this through the Radio Arts program. I cannot even begin to fathom how labour intensive this job must have been for reporters and writers. Today I have changed what I’m writing literally four times and have been able to just scrap research. The amount of time we have to invest in our articles is probably microscopic compared to our predecessors. Our writing team is able to whip through their pieces for the day in a few hours, and even get up to the minute updates on their topics. Is this making us lazy when it comes to how far we dig? Are we just becoming complacent and accepting other people’s research instead of our own? I feel like we may be heading that direction. I’m hoping to attain some research skills that aren’t just reading other opinion pieces and forming my view off of them. If I get the chance, I hope I’ll be able to do some field research on my own. Do I wish we had to put more effort into our research? A little bit. But that would mean I wouldn’t have the opportunity to get lost in the obscure reports and articles that I enjoy so much.

Here are some of my favourite time wasters:

https://www.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMysteries/

https://www.snopes.com/

https://tvtropes.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Unusual_articles

https://www.craigslist.org/about/best/all/

http://orteil.dashnet.org/nested

True Crime Context

The most recent trend of movies/documentaries about real serial killers should probably be freaking us out a bit more than we currently are. Most recently Extremely Wicked,Shockingly Cruel and Vile staring Zac Efron as Ted Bundy was released on Netflix. I am not going to trash how well Netflix is able to produce these types of pieces, and I honestly enjoy them, but it got me thinking.

Is our recent true crime obsession healthy on society as a whole?

“The average viewer or the average reader is somebody who is intensely compelled and curious about what happened because, in a very [basic] way, it’s exciting … and it’s also entertaining,” Jooyoung Lee, associate professor of sociology at University of Toronto, told Laura Hensley in an interview earlier this year. “It’s the same reason why we watch fights or tune into boxing matches.”

The fact that violent video games affect an individual’s tendencies has long been debated, but I would almost guarantee that there is some psychological effect on us when we watch true crime documentaries. The topics they cover are often spoken about in graphic detail that wouldn’t be found on a regular show, and in some cases the criminals are even made to look victimized and their crimes are downplayed. People wonder why there are fanclubs for killers on Tumblr, it’s because there are so many different stories and interpretations out there.

In Extremely Wicked,Shockingly Cruel and Vile a large amount of Bundy’s crimes were not mentioned, and the severity was extremely downplayed in my opinion. If there are people who watch this and have no knowledge of the actual crime, they may legitimately believe that Ted Bundy was wrongly convicted, even though there is blaintant evidence out there that he did in fact do it.

My advice, as someone just as curious as the rest, is to research the history behind the killings, form your own opinion. Do this before watching the documentaries or movies that Netflix is dangling in front of your face. Having context makes the watch a lot more interesting.

 

2019 MET GALA FASHION REVIEW (by people who don’t understand it)

I’m a fan of the fact that this year’s MET Gala was basically themed “worst dressed” (it was themed “camp” meaning in bad taste yet still aesthetically pleasing) . Most of the outfits that are getting praised would normally be the ones getting trashed and I am so here for it. It’s also making “judging” the fashion hard. Someone is wearing a really nice gown? Well it’s nice, and in any normal circumstance it’d be in the top, but because the goal is camp, they failed miserably. If I think it’s bad does that actually mean it’s good?

For those who aren’t quite sure what the MET Gala is, do not feel ashamed, all of us in the office today had to google it. It’s an arts fundraiser that’s basically a themed costume party for celebrities. Nobody really watches it, but we look at what they all wear and act like we have valid opinions. So on that note, here are  some of the opinions of the Evolution 107.9 team on the 2019 MET Gala looks:

“Celine Dion was an ethereal goddess and she 100% won the night. That head piece is like 20 pounds, she won just with that alone” – Sab

 

“Say what you want about Frank Ocean’s get up, for as simple as it was, he killed it” – Themi

 

“Kasey Musgraves pulled off the theme really well but still looked elegant, like a Barbie doll” – Brooke

 

“Young Travis Scott looking like a Nazi up in here, like a reject extra from Star Wars” – Jake

 

“Jared Leto looked crazy and, I mean, Shawn Mendes looked perfect like always.” – Kiara

 

“Lady Gaga and Billy Porter are the only ones who knew what they were doing.” – Jack

 

“Katy Perry was a f****** chandelier, like WHY? It’s dumb”– Sharina

Shout outs to everyone who forgot the names of people so I had no idea who they were talking about. Honourable mentions to the boys who tried to help:

“My favourite look was the shock and awe on everyone’s faces….what’s the MET Gala?” – Jordan

“The Mets? Why’d they have a gala?” – Dave

“Now that I know it’s ‘camp’ like tacky and not ‘camp’ like Canadian Tire it all makes sense.” – George

No More Like Counts On Instagram?

Instagram’s latest update is not getting that many likes, not that anyone can see them. The “private like count” feature was announced at Facebook’s F8 developer conference April 30. Reactions were mixed. Currently a percentage of the Canadian Instagram users, including myself, are the test subjects of the update. Instead of everyone being able to see anyone’s likes on pictures, the new feature only allows the poster to see the actual number. Followers can see who has like the post, but there will be no actual number visible.

Initially, I didn’t even notice the change. It was only after I saw people complaining on twitter that I realized I wasn’t seeing any numbers. It’s not that big of a deal to me, but I’m not an “influencer” who makes money off of social media popularity. Companies are going to actually have to look into the content of the people they choose as influencers as opposed to just looking at their post engagement. I think that’s a positive thing, but some do not

 

The theory behind it is to cut back on the underlying competition of who can get the most likes. Some media outlets are referring to this as a “mental health movement” but I feel like that may be a bit extreme. It’s true that likes have become almost a currency in today’s media focused environment, but is removing the likes actually going to help with that? Not to sound like a hippy, but isn’t there a bigger problem to be looking at here? I suppose that removing likes will have to do for now. It’s an easy fix to a deeper issue in my honest opinion. On a more surface level note, nobody was really asking for this. We just want chronolgical feeds back….Come on guys!