What is so good about being young today? .....an oldie's view
Last week another discussion on knife carrying youths of today, with not a single young person participating in the radio programme, you see the brains behind this discussion .....forgot all about the obvious ...the schools were open!. This sure got me thinking a little as today's job vacancies against applications were fired out on the news, for school leavers and graduates. There is hope as apparently there are 5000 jobs for Apprentices, as the BBC hope to build a Cane factory in the Ibrox area.
Not to worry, they have their gadgets, and opportunities to fight for a crumb of media attention as compensation for present and future poverty. Now our streets are flooded with scores of creatures holding a device, a mobile, or is it a blackberry or perhaps an apple? In fact these young people were written about over a year ago, and lampposts needed repairing as the metal received so many head butts by texters.
Now of course over a year later we have more mobile phone advances like easier internet access. This is great for our youth and our media has now given them additional opportunities to even walk off a cliff! The race to get more and more texts and now Twitter messages, or emails is of prime importance to our media stars of television and radio, with the winners giving a new meaning to modesty as the count is declared.
Yes, it must be fantastic being young, as you are told about hyped up stars of the music industry, then once their fame is reached, the truth about miming comes out. Then you are crucified as the poverty-stricken millionaires come a howling, all because you copied a CD from the internet. Well guess what, as an oldie, I sure resented the cost replacing my old vinyl stuff with new CD's all because these people have the need to buy fresh 21st century meat.
Now if you want to change things, just wait until the next election and decide with great care which crook to vote for, after all, you must believe what you see and hear. Friendly advice for today's youngster wishing to travel on a political journey to superstardom:- buy a jar of Vaseline and grease just about every media star you meet then you have half a chance of success ....and if you are from Springburn don't bother having ambition, nor attempt to speak in public!
We all love sports so if you want to see the real deal , well the essential glamour pusses, the duo of TV presenters plus the hidden extras need to be paid for, get real - most of our youth might as well dream of seeing their heroes live. Don't forget 80 million quid footballers who like your money from merchandising sales, and their loyalty to the fans is as fictional as Harry Potter.
Back in the late 60's and early 70's the youth looked outwards yet today they are so wrapped up in their devices, as they travel in our streets, that the real world passes them by, and perhaps we should ask why ?
As I approach retirement, I cannot help wondering would I like to be young today? Well, there are exceptions to every rule, but on balance I would have to say no . Even if on some future day I needed to give even more body swerves in every public place to avoid colliding with some person holding a super slick wave tray, which has become their brain and complete life in one. Amazing is it not - we older ones need to be careful walking, after all, this is the age of litigation.
Finally, when our young reach our age they will be able to take full advantage of advances in 21st century cosmetic surgery. It has already started...... the Face Lift Book ...Arnie, Bruce, Robert ....
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