Upon meeting someone, we tend to make small talk regarding our school, work, hobbies, and of course race. We are obsessed with race. We often hear phrases like, “So, what’s your ethnicity?”, “What’s your background?” I’ve even heard “So, what are you?” which is hilarious and I really want to reply with some sort of alien.
Y57 recently posted a poll question asking youth whether or not they’d participate in an unpaid internship. 81% said yes while 13% said no, and the rest asked if unpaid internships were illegal. Seeing as an overwhelming amount answered yes, it seems that most of us are willing to work for free in the hopes of gaining experience in a particular field and being able to one-up our peers.
Youth who are fortunate enough to grow up with and have access to computers and the Internet have a space to generate their own content, and not just continue to be consumers of it. They can be producers. The Internet contributes to our participatory media system, one that the youth definitely have a voice in.
How could we forget the very first awkward Sex Education class we had in school that included curiosity, chatter, and a large amount of giggling. As awkward as it may have seemed, it was an open space to talk and learn about issues related to sex and body image. When it comes to homophobia and bullying (both prominent issues facing today’s youth, especially queer youth) there is a call for a similar space for open discussion.
This isn’t what you may think it is. Get your mind out of the gutter. Women in fact have a very unique connection with water. Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall recently hosted a CBC radio show titled “Women and Water“ last spring that led to an online televised talk-show featuring local female activists.
Friday, March 11, 2011, marked a devastating day as the Tohoku earthquake hit Eastern Japan at a 9.0 magnitude. It was known to be the most powerful known earthquake to ever hit Japan. As destructive as it looked on-screen, and as terrifying as it was to listen to it on the radio and read about it in many, if not all online and offline news sources, I couldn’t help but realize how much it had caught the world’s attention and for such a long time.
The era of wasteful consumption and environmentally dangerous products is slowly disappearing. Unlike our parents, today’s youth have grown up with a “green” mentality and tend not to think before making environmentally friendly decisions.