Earlier generations have weathered recessions, of course; this stall we’re in has the look of something nastier. Social Security and Medicare are going to be diminished, at best. Hours worked are up even as hiring staggers along: Blood from a stone looks to be the normal order of things “going…
Boomers, Gen Y, Millenials are all entitled mofos. Gen X is the real deal. I graduated from a recession, have been laid off and unemployed countless times. I agree with #OWS. But I also know that the best way to get stuff done is to torch it down and start again. That’s what our music heros and our cultural heros have all done. And no amount of protesting is going to help overthrow a bank. The plan needs to go deeper and wider. Hacktivism and collective action. Or better yet, let’s just start our own lending agencies! That’s what Gen X’ers do peeps! - G
Called “We Are the 1 Percent,” the new site piggybacks off the blog “We Are the 99 Percent,” on which Americans having a hard time during the recession sound off about exactly how the financial industry and particular government machinations have caused them to lose their jobs, their homes, their sanity. We Are the 1 Percent is a bit different. While the goal is still the same—to support the elimination of income inequality in the United States—the blog’s entries are made up entirely of contributions from the super-rich. Some of the contributors inherited their money, others made a killing on the stock market, but all of them agree that it’s time to redistribute some of their fortunes to others in need.
A reply to a thread on Facebook from me to a Social Media "Guru" who says the Occupy Wall Street Protesters are idiots who simply sit around using their iPhones...
In the world of social the ever changing constant that has come up is constant dialog. Digital communities have fostered an environment that allows for people to discuss, possibly get an answer to their inquiry (if it’s something simple) but in many cases communities are the infrastructure to continue a conversation. This is why brands do poorly in communicating with their advocates in areas like Twitter and Facebook. They treat these platforms as simple extensions of their CRM model when it is more intimate than that. I like to think of social media as an ongoing relationship, not a one night stand. A marriage so to speak.
So not to turn this generational but many “boomers” are asking or saying the same thing, “I don’t understand their message, there are too many questions they’re asking rather than asking for an answer to their demands.” But if you look at the younger Generation Y or Millenial generation who grew up with social networking as a mainstream platform, this is how they have thought their entire young lives. There is not necessarily an answer. The mainstream media are simply soundbytes to them when they want deeper dialog. This is what social networks provide. It helps conversation and ushers in additional questions. Much of what they are doing is questioning. And neither the government, nor big business nor anyone on this thread may be able to answer several of the questions that have been asked the last few weeks. It’s not as simple as “get a job.” I was laid off in June. I just got hired two weeks ago to be a VP at a large digital agency. It took me 18 weeks to get my gig. It takes over 60 weeks for most people who have a Bachelor’s degree. But that’s because this is where I have been since 2004 when jobs at that time in this field paid peanuts. I took a step back to take a step forward. I took a chance on social when many traditionalists called this field “unproven” and still do. But many people don’t have that luxury, are burdened with debt or have no access to VC money. And a bank isn’t going to loan small businesses money like it’s candy. I think if anyone takes anything away from this debate it’s that to make fun of people on social networks or for using technology to further their cause, is just showing that not only is there a class divide in this country, but also a generational divide. Younger people communicate differently and instead of making fun of that this is a great case study on the power of social networking.
Shame Peter and several others here who call themselves “socially savvy” don’t see this. Other press like Mashable is looking into the sociology of this debate. They’re interested in how social is helping spread the message and what that messaging is. Simply calling people idiots lumps many here into the mainstream media category of destroying what cannot be explained in simple soundbyte terminology. Big media lives in the 20th century, social is the 21st. Shame that many here who think they “get it” really don’t “get it” at all. - G
“If companies sit on their cash (during this recession), they’re going to lose.”— Jeffrey R. Immelt, CEO. He just said this on 60 Minutes and called for a new tax system in the U.S. similar to the one in the UK and Germany so there are no “loopholes” and they would pay tax. The only issue is GE is not an American company. It’s a multi-national so if the tax system was overhauled, he’d just headquarter it somewhere else.
I realized today that I haven’t posted much (read: at all) about my pregnancy this time around. I’m sure its due to a combination of work/life balance issues, and the fact that I generally have not had as much time to focus on being pregnant this time around. There are hours and hours that go by during the day when I actually forget that we’re adding another little one to our family.
Now that we’re in the home stretch though, with vacations and new classrooms and big girl bed transitions behind us, reality is starting to sink in. I’ll soon be saying hello again to the wee hours of the morning - the ones I only see now through bleary eyes on my 5th trip to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Can’t exactly say I’m looking forward to the sleep exhaustion, but I AM looking forward to meeting Olive’s little sister. Who will she look like? Will she have a full head of hair like Olive did? I remember so vividly that being the first thing Geoff said in the delivery room, before my doctor even announced we had a baby girl. “Look at all that hair, Allison!”
I also am savoring this time with Ollie as her last few weeks as our only child come to an end. She is such a remarkable kid - amazes (and frustrates) Geoff and I every day with her humor, boisterous behavior, and all around sassiness, and the moments when we recognize her sensitivity - like when she got teary yesterday during a rendition of “no more monkeys jumping on the bed” because the little monkey hurt his head. She is learning and absorbing so much - it’s hard to keep up with. She is remarkably observant, sweet, loving, smart, and independent. What I love most about being a parent is watching her grow into her own little spirit, and I want to be witness to all of those moments. Will I have time to focus on them when she’s not my only?
But in between the daydreaming, there is work, and caring for Olive, and getting ready for Birdie. The girls’ rooms are painted (Olive an aqua blue and Birdie a hot pink), furniture is built and ready to move around, and we’re getting close to putting the finishing touches on both rooms: hanging shelves, pictures, art, etc. Regardless of how close we seem to be, I’m starting to feel like we’re running out of time. Nesting is kicking in. Nevermind the fact that just last week I realized I needed to get the essentials like newborn diapers and a nursing pillow and maybe install the car seat at some point. I waver between feeling like we still have lots of time and envisioning the sands running out of the hourglass.
So as a solution and a comfort, I’ll keep telling myself the following. We’ll get there. We’re ready. Just not entirely. But we’ll figure it out. We always do.