Twerking Or Syria? Why Gen-Y Needs To Change Its Priorities

Twerking Or Syria? Why Gen-Y Needs To Change Its Priorities
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With the impending invasion of Syria imminent, the real question isn’t “Should America be policing the world?” But, “Why isn’t our generation giving our two cents?” A few years ago, a campaign entitled “Vote or Die” gained the attention of not just the nation, but the world. It pushed us to the brink of a very stark realization; we don’t give a sh*t about anything.

This isn’t something to shrug off, or even throw into a mental recycling can, but a very big determinant to our survival in the future. Sure, we cared a little bit about Arab Spring, we booed Bush, and we have even been giving Obama the stink eye, but for the most part, we’re apathetic.

Gen-Y should be pushing ahead, utilizing the advantages of social media and technology for more than just a million memes showing Miley Cyrus’s nonexistent ass. There should be uprisings, sit-ins, flash mobs, hackathons, petitions, and a unified voice throughout any impending crisis. We have not made the best of our talents nor our abilities, culminating in an almost lost generation when it comes to not just politics, but world affairs.

We all came together for Egypt more than two years ago, but when it fell, we stayed back, letting misdirection and agenda-laden media make way for a full reversal of whatever hard work the Arab Spring had gushed forth with. We need a rebirth, a stand against everyone responsible for making this unemployment rate so sickening, our liberties limited, and our interests distracted. It goes without saying that when we are not focused on superfluous affairs, we can do a lot more than most people think.

This is a strong generation that is a fresh-faced bridge between the old and the new. Although we have a full grasp on iPads, Twitter and Chromecasting, we also remember days of analog, NES and libraries. There is strength in memory, especially with how the world is morphing. Our priorities need to be straightened, making better use of what we have, and putting a chip on our own shoulders.

Motivation should not be brought about by the various reality shows dealing with Armenian clans or Amish mafias. There should be a clear definition between entertainment and the real life we live day to day. There can’t be a distraction from the issues at hand, nor the problems we are going to face in a few years as parents and spouses.

Our fates are being decided by men and women who were born during an era where there were separate bathrooms for those who weren’t white. They remember the lack of women’s rights and the fear of a Cold War. They are out of touch, and seriously leaving us with very little to go on, outside of the fact that Billy Ray Cyrus is out there crying right now.

So let us collectively get up, make use of what we have and know, and change things not only for ourselves but for the next wave after us. Syria, unemployment and sex scandals are just the beginning. Where it ends is up to us.

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Ali Abouomar

Ali Abouomar is an independent producer, screenwriter, and director. Ali was raised in Brooklyn, Cairo, London, and Paris, and accordingly is fluent in French, Arabic, and English. Ali has had his hand on films that have seen their fair share of wins and nominations from the Golden Globes, Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, National Board Review, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Teen Choice Awards, amongst many others.

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