The Saeculum Decoded
A Blog by Neil Howe
Dec 072010
 

Video of a 23-year-old waitress who just got elected to Michigan’s state assembly.  Pleasant to watch.  Many positive Millennial (born 1982-200?) traits (positive attitude, results-orientation, teamworking, close to family and community) are all reflected here:

http://detnews.com/article/20101206/POLITICS02/12060323/20-something-politicians-head-to-House

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  • Neil, I thought you might be interested in Google’s new “Books Ngram Viewer”, which allows you to search for words in all their scanned books from 1920 to 2008. The unraveling, for example, coincides with a new fad in using dirty words in literature. Words like “good” lose popularity in writing, while words like “problem” go up. You also see old words from the 40’s returning after the 00’s.nnYou will definitely like this.

  • Neil, I thought you might be interested in Google’s new “Books Ngram Viewer”, which allows you to search for words in all their scanned books from 1920 to 2008. The unraveling, for example, coincides with a new fad in using dirty words in literature. Words like “good” lose popularity in writing, while words like “problem” go up. You also see old words from the 40’s returning after the 00’s.nnYou will definitely like this.

  • Ultrahipnosis

    I do not see the same positive traits outlined in the description. This girl’s dogmatism and conservative (read: far right) values represent a step back into the culture wars started by the Boomers.

  • Christian Ellefson

    I hope that readers of the Fourth Turning and Generations were not surprised by the just reported census finding that 2009 showed the lowest teen pregnancy rate since the numbers began to be kept. The young woman above is representative of the new responsible civic generation. Thanks for posting this.

    • Ultrahipnosis

      What are your thoughts on the high teen STD rate?

  • Shawn

    Ultrahipnosis refers to the representatives values as backwards. First, I think the use of labels (conservative/liberal, left/right, etc.) is a trap leading to a closed mind. Secondly, it is apparent that ultrahipnosis abhors the thought of less interventionist government based on the representative’s comments and their response. Using this logic and observing that individual responsibility is essentially the antithesis of an interventionist government, I would like to know if individual responsibility should be considered a negative (backward) trait? In the age of runaway debt and deficits, individual responsibility seems to be exactly what is required to address the root cause of our society’s problems. Countless nations and empires have wasted away in trying to care for those they taught not to care for themselves. It is the worst kind of bigotry to teach a person that he cannot live without the support of others. I am curious to know Mr. Howe’s thoughts on the matter, especially from a historical perspective on the demise of nations who seek to provide all, and end up taking everything.

    • Ultrahipnosis

      It is interesting that you took all that away from my two sentence response. The young lady featured in the video strikes me as provincial and populist. I was particularly dismayed by her pro-life stance as it indicates to me that her moral judgments are most likely based upon her conservative Christian upbringing rather than a critical examination of issues. Regarding your comment about government intervention, I think we agree that new boundaries need to be drawn. I am against the government dictating morality, particularly a moral view based on a religious tradition, while you seem to believe that less government intervention should take the form of fewer safety nets for individuals. Do you also believe that government should not intervene in the health care, finance, and real estate industries? How about national parks and food safety? Please define your terms, particularly those related to government interventionism, so we can progress in our discussion.

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