Blue Plate Special
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For those of you with legitimate interest in this blog, the Blue Plate Special is the longest-running feature on the site. It’s been around since 2008, and highlights recent news stories, images and artwork, etc., related to the conversation about generations. For kicks, here’s a post from December 2008, Best Blue Plate Special Ever: Generation X Memoirs and More.
This is my 123rd Blue Plate Special covering news with a generation theme. Please feel free to pig out.
The Potter Generation
Toyota Corolla Commercial Dances Through Five Decades
From the official Toyota News Release:
The world’s best-selling vehicle nameplate of all time is about to take drivers to new places. When the 2014 Toyota Corolla hits dealer showrooms this fall, the accompanying marketing campaign will showcase the car’s upgraded technology and elevated styling—inside and out. The marketing campaign aims to reach the Millennial generation while still appealing to the baby boomer audience that has made the model so popular through the years.
Did you see how they mentioned Generation X? Yeah, me either. It’s a pretty fun commercial with a brief nod to the boom boxes of the 80s.
BBC’s Generation 2014: Scottish Referendum
I have ancestral ties to Ireland and Scotland, so this story interests me. The BBC has launched a project called Generation 2014. It features young Scots who will be 16 and 17 on September 18, 2014, and thus, eligible to vote in Scotland’s Independence Referendum. The question on the ballot is, Should Scotland be an independent country? In other words, should it have independence from the United Kingdom.
The group was selected after a nationwide application and audition process and over the next 12 months and more they’ll tell BBC Scotland audiences about their hopes, dreams and fears. They’ll blog and tweet as well as speak to BBC Scotland TV and Radio. They’re expected to make a valuable contribution to BBC Scotland’s referendum coverage and beyond.
Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy
This article has been making the rounds for a couple weeks. I like the rainbow unicorns. The rest of it? Mehhhh.
Speaking of Gen Y Being Unhappy
My friend Jennifer sent me this link today about the state of mind of Generation Y, the Millennial Generation. Written by Adam Weinstein, the title is, F*ck You. I’m Gen Y, and I Don’t Feel Special or Entitled. Just Poor.
Ouch. We’ve been feeling your pain a long time, Adam.
Millennials: Generation X on Steroids
That reminds me. There was an article earlier this month about how Gen Y is Gen X on Steroids.
A New Generation of Republicans
Here’s something I came across just tonight. It’s an article by Carl Demaio who lives in San Diego and is running for Congress. The guy was born in 1974, so he can’t be half bad. Maybe. Who knows? But, he has some interesting ideas as a “new generation Republican.” Rock on, Carl. Republicans in California are called Democrats in Oklahoma. Haha!
Dear God, Please Don’t Let My Children Design Children For A Living.
Check out this infographic on Jobs in the Future: The Career Path of Gen Y and Generation Z. OMG. An Avatar Manager? What a fun job.
18 Totally Random Things I Only Know Because I’m A Gen Xer
Check out this fun list from humor columnist Jen X’Pert, Jenny-from-the-Blog, Jenny Isenman. I love #10:
I wouldn’t know the excitement over getting a brand new Brother Word processor (you could type an entire sentence at a time, I kid you not – goodbye white-out).
Generations Addicted to the Internet
How Three Different Generations Use the Internet
Another Generation of Sound of Music Fans
I loved the Sound of Music as a kid and I still do! I guess it’s hard for any of us who grew up watching Julie Andrews in the role of Maria Von Trapp to think of anyone else playing that part. But, maybe Carrie Underwood will help new generations connect with this important story. It was through this movie that my interest in history and political science really began to take shape.
Clever title, huh? I like it. I don’t know if I like Meghan McCain, but she’s got a new show out, Raising McCain, that will cover challenges facing America’s young people. The daughter of former POW and U.S. Senator John McCain, was born in 1984.
“I was such a child of MTV News and MTV. … I saw (MTV News reporter) Tabitha Soren interviewing my dad and so many other interesting politicians, and MTV did debates,” McCain said. “MTV, they didn’t even have a presence in the last election cycle and that breaks my heart…”
Flawed Families on TV
The fall TV lineup is filled with a bunch of shows with story lines that play out across several generations. One that I plan on watching is The Goldbergs. It’s so painful to look at this tacky sweater picture that it’s hard to imagine the show will actually make it. Plus, it’s hilarious to me that anyone would idealize the 80s. Bad things happened then, too, but of course, badder things happen now. And, you see how I said badder and not worse. That’s because badder sounded better, grammar-hammer. Here’s a little writeup about The Goldbergs.
Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up, and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the ‘80s. For geeky 11-year old Adam these were his wonder years and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy. The Goldbergs are a loving family like any other, just with a lot more yelling…
So, that’s basically it for the 123rd Blue Plate Special. Imagine if I just served you one dish at a time in the form of a short, daily blog post. But, that would be too easy. Here are some stories that will take you a little longer to digest. And for dessert, I’m leaving with a sweet children’s book about a granddaughter and grandfather.
Totally Digestible Links
- The Guardian reports, Child poverty in Britain is causing ‘social apartheid’
- Kickstarter Campaign: Lords & Ladies, a new card game. Build an aristocratic family’s legacy through marriage,hiring servants,having children while crushing rivals with gossip and betrayal. Inspired by Downtown Abbey. It looks like this is going to get funded. Fun!
- Fannie Flagg (Fried Green Tomatoes) has a new book coming out November 5. The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion spans generations and decades.
Joining the Imaginations of Two Generations
Theodora loved her grandfather’s old garden. His new apartment’s balcony is too windy and small for a garden. But what appears to be a drawback soon leads to a shared burst of creativity as Theo and her Poppa decide to paint a new garden. As they work side by side — sowing seeds with brushes and paint — a masterpiece begins to take shape that transforms the balcony into an abundant garden. When Poppa goes away on holiday, Theo helps nurture the garden and it begins to take on a life of its own. This garden grows not from soil but from love, imagination and creativity. Readers will marvel at each stage of this fertile garden as it grows from seed to full flower, revealing the power of art to enrich our lives.