Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Did you know?

I just watched the following video, and while I found it somewhat interesting, it was more the imagined reactions of the people it was designed to update (read: under informed Americans) that entertained me.

The rest of this post was going to be an hilarious textual impersonation of a stupid American after watching that video, unfortunately, I'm just not that funny. And I don't want to offend the six American people who've visited my blog (I do not think any of you are stupid, even though I don't know who four of you are!)

I guess my 'meh' reaction (rather than being freaked out by the changes it depicts and predicts) comes from being part of "Generation Y". I've grown up with a different attitude towards things like technology and employment than people born in older generations ("duh," you say, "that's kind of the point of determining different generations by letters at the end of the alphabet".) Anyway, when the video says that kids today will have 10-14 jobs BEFORE THEY'RE 38 (duh duh duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhnnn you have to click that link!) I just think, well, I've been working since I was 15 and I've had 8 jobs (I don't include the dire week of telemarketing, and have included the one I'm about to start). I expect to exceed 14 jobs by the time I'm 38 (which still seems a loooooooooong way away) because there are just too many things I want to do, and places I want to work, for me to tie myself down to one organisation in one place for the rest of my life.

And all that stuff about India having more "honour roll" kids than America even HAS kids, or that over 4 times as many children are born in China than America in 5 minutes...it just rubbed me the wrong way I suppose.

This is not the blog post I had envisioned when I started typing! In light of that video, I suppose my message is this: don't be afraid of change, embrace change, change is good. Don't be afraid of technology, embrace technology, technology is good. And finally, don't be afraid of people, embrace people, people are good. Deep...

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for not thinking I'm stupid :) In so many ways, I feel like a fish out of water as an American citizen. I would definitely agree that *many* Americans would fall under the "idiot" label. Yeesh, they're embarrassing!