Y now? Y not.

Jason Ryan Dorsey, The Gen-Y Guy, stepped to the mic and began his canned “lecture-performance.” With high energy and lively stories, Dorsey explains that understanding the main characteristics of each generation is crucial for effective communication. Dorsey furthers that there are proper methods of communicating based on the distinct ways each generation acts, feels, and thinks. Dorsey contends that each generation – Gen-Y, Gen-X, Baby Boomers, and Matures – have unique ways of interacting and communicating, and it is especially important in today’s age to understand and relate properly with Gen–Y. But Y now?

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Modern Man, The American Dream and “The Crowd”

 

The Crowd

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The Crowd,” (USA, 1928, 98 minutes) directed by King Vidor is a timeless silent film that explores the pursuit of the American Dream in the early twentieth century. “The Crowd” begins on July 4th, 1900, which is noted as the 124th birthday of America as well as the birthday of the main character, “John Sims.”  The landscape of America is changing in this era – white-collar work is on the rise, diverse ethnic groups are beginning to co-mingle and more people are moving into urban environments and starting families. “The Crowd” has two central and matrimonially bonded characters. The male lead, “John” is played by actor, James Murray and the other main character, “Mary” is played by the King Vidor’s wife. These characters are a believable representation of a young married couple living in New York City. “John” represents a white-collar family man whose plight in the film still resonates with the patriarchal modern men of today.

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“Unplugged”

Excluding childhood and a recent experiment, I can’t remember the last time I completely “unplugged” from the stimulation of electronic devices for more than 24 hours.  The time I do remember being “unplugged” for a significant duration was when I was eight years old. I was living in a small town in rural West Virginia and I recall vowing that I would free myself of watching television. I believed that I didn’t need the empty programming of TV, which included the Saturday morning cartoons that were popular with so many other kids in my demographic.

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