Am I Getting Old, or Are We Just Screwed?
August 30, 2013 6 Comments
I am 23 years old and have grown up appreciating all of the music, pop culture icons, toys, technology, and the like. The past few years have been strange, I would say it started around the time I started college but I don’t think that has any correlation with the way I have been feeling over the past few years. I have just grown completely dissatisfied with my generation and the things going on around me.
I think dissatisfied is too nice of a word, I think disgusted is actually more appropriate. I don’t think that I am better than anyone else, nor do I think I have more sophisticated taste then anyone else in my generation. I just think that a majority of everything around me sucks. I feel that mediocrity and even failure have triumphed over being the best and succeeding.
Many people call the internet the next frontier. It truly is, but within that beautiful frontier there is an enormous wasteland of one hit wonders, attention seekers, mediocrity and diamonds in the rough. Unfortunately the diamonds in the rough don’t get their due attention. They either get fifteen minutes of fame, or nothing at all.
What is left is a cesspool of what society calls “talent”. These “talented” people come in packages called viral videos. We all watch them daily, some are funny, inspirational, sad, interesting, cool, or disgusting.
I read an article this morning about a girl who posted a video on YouTube for eating a used tampon. I apologize for how disgusting that sounds but it is unfortunately true. The article was taken down from YouTube for obvious reasons but it has gained notoriety all over the internet and has millions of collective views. There are other videos such as the video of a student eating ice cream with his own feces on it, this video also has millions of views.
Furthermore the people featured in these videos have an enormous following of people and are getting calls from TV producers, reporters, and job offers. Mean while recent college graduates can’t even get interviews let alone job offers. Let me be clear these followers are not just people who are following to make fun of the people for their “talents”. The people who are following, are genuine supporters lauding them for their bravery and resolve.
I’m sorry is there seriously apart of our society applauding people for eating used tampons and shit? Have we really gone that far down the rabbit hole called the internet by applauding the fringe attention grabbers? It just makes me think that when my parents or even grandparents say to me, “there is something seriously wrong with this society”, “It wasn’t like this when I was a kid”, I can’t help but agree with them! It wasn’t like this even when I was a kid. Society is changing so fast its hard for people of even this generation to catch up.
When I was growing up I liked and knew just about every word to every song on the radio. Today I don’t even recognize the top ten songs on the top forty list. I don’t consider many of the performers today musicians, they are performers, that’s it. My favorite example is Justin Bieber. He is arguably the most famous person in the world right now. I have absolutely no clue why. He sang a song when he was 13 and now he is the most famous person in the world. This child as far as I am concerned is a useless, talentless, waste. When I was 13 I could hit all of the same musical notes Justin Beiber could, and with autotune it probably would have sounded damn good. Now that he has grown up and can no longer sing like a child, his music is completely reliant on electronic overly auto-tuned tracks.
I will concede, that the kid can dance, but that’s it. Maybe I am not the demographic he is geared towards but my point is that real recording artists and musicians are becoming rarer and rarer with in the music industry. If you’re a pretty face and can sing somewhat of a song written by someone else you will get a record contract and become famous. Music is something that I truly appreciate and love, I have a pretty eclectic sense for music. I don’t know what I am going to like but I know what I like when I hear it. Which is why the decline into mediocrity within the music industry is killing me.
Each year there are less and less songs that I like. The problem is, I am 23 years old, this decline isn’t supposed to be happening yet. I am supposed to be hating the music that kids listen to in my thirties or when I have kids, not when I am still this young. This leads me to believe that it’s the music, not me, mainly because there are plenty of people I know, who feel the same way. I find myself appreciating the music my father listened to more than then the music of my generation.
All you have to do is look on television, listen to the radio, or go on the internet to see whats happening. MTV has become a network of reality shows featuring pregnant teenagers, redneck idiots, and online relationships. Where did the music go on the Music Tele-Vision network? YouTube has become a launching platform for anyone who is willing to do crazy or disgusting things, although I must admit there are a lot of incredibly talented people on YouTube who get the fame they deserve. Still mediocrity and attention seekers win more than the talented. Which leads me back to my question, are we actually screwed or am I just getting old?