young people

The assumption that work is a passport to dignity and security, that work is what makes life worth living, is so deeply embedded in our culture that it is almost heretical to think otherwise. But the problem isn’t just the lack of work. It’s also the lack of hope. Young people leaving school and university can no longer kid themselves that their future is likely to include a stable place to live, love and get on with growing up, even if they do manage to find paid work.

Here’s what is notably not being said to the young and desperate: you are more than your inability to find a job. Your value to a potential employer is not the sole measure of your worth as a person. If you can find only precarious, exhausting, depressing work, or if you can’t find work at all, that doesn’t mean you are useless, lazy, or a “waste of space”.

The analysis reveals that young people view their identities as complex, contradictory and diverse, and demonstrate a reflexive awareness of their own sense of self as a phenomenon which is personally constructed, continually revised and displayed to others.

The study highlights the importance of role models, and how individuals understand their own identities, more strongly than previous studies of young people and the media.

It suggests that the media functions as a resource young people use to conceptualise and formulate their present identities, as well as articulate possible future selves.


Young People, Identity, and the Media; Fatima Awan. PhD research project, 2007. Abstract.

What this means is what we can see in this image:

[a photo of Merlin tv show actress Angel Coulby side-by-side with a photo of a very young girl wearing a similar Europe medieval-style gown, who resembles her in hair and features]

Everyone deserves to be able to envision themselves clearly, in fantasies and escapism, in the past, the present, and the future.

Medievalpoc articles tagged “representation”.


Vancouver housing prices tweet spurs ‘DontHave1Million’ social media campaign

Do you rent or own? It’s the first question many Vancouverites ask one another.

“It’s not just me, everybody’s talking about it,” said 29 year-old Eveline Xia, in an interview with CBC News.

“It’s the number one issue we’re talking about. People in higher income brackets, people in lower income brackets.”

Sick of stressing out about how she could afford to have a family in Vancouver, the environmental professional took to Twitter to express her anger over sky-high real estate prices in the city.

Xia had no idea her #DontHave1Million hashtag would go viral, trending on Twitter across Canada on Thursday.

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Fifty years ago, thousands of young people organized the Mississippi Summer Project, a historic attempt to register black voters in Mississippi, which, at the time, had the lowest black registration rate in the country. Some civil rights workers were killed. Hundreds were beaten. But Freedom Summer, as it’s now known, transformed the national narrative surrounding civil rights by ushering in a new wave of laws that would guarantee equality at the ballot box.

Today, America is at another crossroads in civil rights. People of color represent two-thirds of our incarcerated population. Gun homicide is the leading cause of death among black teenagers. Schools are again re-segregating. Race is still a roadblock in America. We face a stalled Congress, unable to protect our founding values that we are all created equal. And we sit in the looming shadow of a Supreme Court, whose blind eye toward race is equally blind to our inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, as shown from recent decisions limiting contraception coverage, hurting public employee unions, rolling back voting rights, and increasing the influence of big money in politics.

We, the millennial generation, cannot be “colorblind.” We must choose the path of change.

Great Advice to Young Africans in America; From a Phenomenal Brother and Honored Elder


Thousands of young people have sued the government over climate change

Young people across the United States are suing the federal government en masse for destroying their futures. They’re claiming the feds’ bungling of a crucial issue is a violation of their constitutional rights.

The issue? Look at these stunning images of California, where 86% of the state’s mountain snow pack have dissipated in a single year.

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A cartoon released by parliament to encourage young people to vote in this month’s European parliamentary elections in Denmark!

Seriously folks.. This is my country in a nutshell..

Smoking is Still Plummeting in the US and Young People Could Finish it Off Once and For All

Robin Koval, president and CEO of Legacy for Health, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the health risks of smoking, told ATTN: that this dynamic has started to shift.  

“Actually what’s happening now is we’re seeing a lot of initiation happening among college age, young adults, and that’s obviously very cleverly orchestrated by the tobacco industry because these young people are legal,” Koval told ATTN:.

Teenagers and young adults in the United States today have grown up in a society much more attuned to the dangers of cigarettes than the society in which their parents and grandparents grew up. Anti-smoking ads abound in the media and even on the streets. (A sign in West L.A. that I used to pass every day keeps a running tally of annual smoking deaths.) Smoking is prohibited in airplanes, in restaurants, and on an increasing number of college campuses. CVS recently made the decision to stop selling cigarettes, despite the guaranteed adverse effect on their bottom line.