On Dec. 4, 2017 The New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino wrote “Killing It” about what is wrong with millennials. The odds are stacked against them. “The type of millennial that much of the media flocks to – white, rich, thoughtlessly entitle – is largely unrepresentative of what is, in fact, a diverse an often downwardly mobile group. (Millennials are the first generation to have a fifty-fifty chance of being financially better off than their parents.) Many millennials grew up poor, went to crummy schools, an have been shuttled toward for-profit colleges and minimum wage jobs, if not the prison system.”
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Gizmodo reports that not only Millennials, but fewer Americans in general are getting driver’s licenses. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute took data from the Federal Highway Administration and determined it was not just a fluke but a long term trend. As more Americans become poorer, they cannot afford a thirty thousand dollar automobile with the additional costs of licensing, financing or maintenance. They are moving to poorer inner city neighborhoods with access to public transportation or ride sharing services. They do not plan to go into debt by buying cars, college educations, houses or having children. They will spend their lives walking from one low paying job to another. They won’t be sleeping in their cars because they won’t have one.
Here is another concern. The American driver’s license is a primary form of identification. It is used when people vote, serve on juries or travel. If people do not have a driver’s license, will they be disenfranchised as citizens?
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On Sep. 16, 2013 The New Yorker‘s James Surowiecki wrote “Uber Alles”about the hype surrounding the sharing economy. Millennials are so mired in student debt they will never be able to have a middle class lifestyle of owning cars or houses. The response has been Uber and Airbnb, where companies supply a service and you get no money or benefits in your struggle to stay alive. This is not sustainable. Real jobs and real pay lead to real growth.
Andrew Marantz wrote “Unreality Star” about people who think they are in their own “Truman Show”. Maybe they are being watched right now. :-)
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