*there’s battle lines being drawn
nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
young people speaking their minds
gettin’ so much resistance from behind
who among us doesn’t remember the feelings of angst and frustration that are the domain of post-graduate twenty year olds? there’s nothing new there, right? yet, the sentiment that hangs heavy in our collective consciousness these days—heavy in the headlines, heavy in our hearts—is profoundly having an impact on, well, everything. and perhaps what is new about it is the force with which this abstract thing affects our individual narratives as well as our national one.
personally, i’m not one to buy into frenzies, media driven or otherwise. and i believe the only thing that can really bind a person comes from within. so i’m not wild about rallying cries that ring out against something without at least attempting to support something else, like a solution or a constructive alternative.
*there’s something happening here,
* “for what it’s worth,” buffalo springfield
but this thing, this dialogue that’s happening in our country right now, has a gravitational pull to it, irrespective of its nameless, faceless and, perhaps, shapeless nature. maybe it’s because we’ve all been there, regardless of our status. and it’s huge. huge in concept, huge in perspective and huge in its ambitions. as we put our annual “money issue” together, this is what stared us in our faces, casting its huge shadow on all our designs.
our march 2008 “money issue” caught on to the idea of “economic anxiety” before the recession got on the radar for most people. in the same vein, our theme this year takes us to the core of the financial malaise we hear so much about, even though a phrase has yet to be coined for the demographic in the center of it all. what is it that the present crop of twenty-something post-graduates is clamoring about? it’s not enough to say their brand of angst and frustration is simply “too big to figure out,” and dismiss them. there has to be more. our cover story explores this dilemma, the feelings framing our dialogues and the body politic who are experiencing it. maybe we have even coined the phrases that will articulate this moment in history. in an honest, unapologetic journey to the heart of the matter, we explore the economy of the disillusioned that is the domain of the demographic we are naming generation iNvisible. you may think you’ve heard some of this before, but not like this.
the economy of the disillusioned is not confined strictly to generation iNvisible, and words like “shame” and “failure” are not its only currency. fortunately, “hope” and “dialogue” are also being implemented. generation iNvisible will leave its fingerprints on history and those behind them will survive the economy of disillusionment. and the whole human paragon will continue its evolution. just remember you heard it here first.