Back in November when I wrote the piece “How do we sleep while our Beds our burning” I made mention of the fact that I wasn’t really sure where to proceed from there in terms of future development and the likes. I would like to clarify [as made evident by many posters] that I am obviously no expert in all the ins and outs of Generational Warfare, and in truth Generational Warfare is a silly notion. This is mostly because the gap between generations is oftentimes weakly defined and more importantly generalizations about entire swaths of humanity have tended to end pretty badly. With that in mind I got bored and decided to create a goofy little video to help “Motivate” the masses of Generation Y [Or the Millennials, or People My age, you can set your own definition here]. You can see the video below
What follows is a series of questions that I expect to answer
Why that Anonymous Bullshit again? Didn’t we deal with this for Scientology already?
A few things to say about why I chose the anonymous marketing strategy. The fact of the matter is that of all the movements that we as an age group have been attributed to, the protest against the Church of Scientology by the Internet Group Anonymous was perhaps the one that got the most media attention. The problem with that movement is that it divided what composed anonymous into those who cared about actually making a difference [and I suspect moved on to sites like reddit.com] and those who though the movement was a terrible disaster [and likely stayed on 4chan].
The point is that the “Anonymous” logo has an incredibly strong brand image and is a general catch all for the notion of groups moving with the internet at their back. While the phrasing are petty and outright silly, what they entail is a group which will actually continue to move regardless of opposition. Of course that never happens, but in much the same vein red bull doesn’t give me wings. It’s not about trying to feel cool, it’s about using a well known public brand to better sell the idea. Kids like to be a part of something [just take a look at the gang populations in large cities], and most of my generation is still in their early to late 20′s, so trying to feel apart of a great whole rather than as an individual trying to fight an unwinnable battle seems much more unified. And if we only provide the illusion of unity than we have had a much more lasting impact than most before us.
What are the sites you mention?
Reddit.com is a large link aggregation site that I have talked about in the past Ad nauseum. You can find a variety of sub reddits which will more specifically address the problem at hand [such as /r/lostgeneration ]. Where you can of course find articles relating to and expanding upon the idea of a troubled generation Y.
4chan.org is a large imageboard which is a bit rough around the edges [by which of course I mean terribly rough around the edges]. It is home to every form of misogynist, racist, and terrible human you can imagine but It also happens to be the running definition of “free speech” with no real restrictions on what can and can not be said.
What can I do?
Tell others around you, the reason that we are so often accused of complacency is because we are. I’ve never been a huge fan of letting a single quote define for you a lifestyle, but this one happens to do a pretty good job.
Be the Change you Wish to see in the world
If you want to do something, you have to be willing to get up and fight for it. You can’t simply sit around and allow the status quo to continue. In doing so you invite it to envelop your situation. If you want this to work, you’re going to have to do something about changing it. This can be as simple as going up to your local congressmen and saying “Hey I don’t think that bill represents me, please don’t push it through” or something far more radical than that [I leave your imagination to decide]. I will say that for everything that has been accomplished through peaceful protest, blood was shed at some point.
Humans as a whole DO NOT like change, so you have to be willing to force them out of their comfort zone. Our society has grown up upon layer after layer of abstraction and cognitive dissonance, and if you want to shatter that image you’re going to have to step out of your comfort zone. We can’t simply wait for previous ideas to die off and become remnants of the past.
Because right now, the very tools I talked about [the internet, wikileaks, etc] are being used to completely change the political landscape of the Middle East. As I speak Egypt , Yeman, and other middle eastern nations are throwing off their government thanks to readily available information. There is a growing uncertainty in the world that is being created by a more global understanding of culture, and I don’t want to be the one to miss that train. If we are going to throw off a global paradigm, if we are going to rewrite the history books, than those people need our support now more than ever.
I don’t care if the internet has been cut off in Egypt, let them know that their brothers and sisters the world over stand by them in their fight for freedom [and not the 'lolAmerican' kind either]. The right to choose, the right to make have freewill regarding policies and the like is a growing idea. No longer are we bound by nationalistic tendencies that the ideas of our mother and father state are correct. Instead we can analyze the various working and non working systems that have been put in place the world over.
You’re being a Couch Potato Protester
Firstly, that’s not a question. Secondly, it needs to be said that the methods by which the modern human collective communicates is completely different. No longer is it a series of word of mouth gestures [empty and the like], but instead it has become a global network of information, with the choice bits pushed through to the top. If you want to make a difference, you can do it without brute force. The great and might governments of the world will fall without a single missile being fired, instead they will roll over as the mountain of information that proves them corrupt, worthless and archaic removes the only power they ever had.