Gen Z Is Speaking (or Singing) Loud and Clear | June 26, 2020
Three Things This Week
What it is: Gen Z has a new target, and this time (language) it’s people much closer to their age: Millennials.
Why it’s nuanced: Tired of older people lumping them in with the generation just before them, Gen Zers are making it clear that not all young people are the same. As BuzzFeed News points out (language), “Gen Z sees millennials as a generation too willing to define [them]selves by [their] interests and identities. That comes through in a loyalty to brands, or ‘90s nostalgia, or political figures, rather than movements, philosophies, or ideals.” A 20-year-old TikTok star they interviewed explained that more than making fun of Millennials, it’s about making fun of Millennials’ ways of coping with the raw deal both generations believe they’ve inherited: “Because we grew up with this lack of hope…we’ve learned to accept and make a joke out of it.” For those struggling to fully understand their Gen Zers, a few minutes researching the movement and asking for their perspective on it could be enlightening.
2. This Week in Gaming
What it is: Despite the E3 Expo, video games’ largest conference at which developers often reveal big updates and releases, being canceled due to coronavirus concerns, the world of gaming is not on pause.
What to know: First, Minecraft released its Nether update this week, expanding the underworld and giving players new challenges, foes, and a new reason to log on. Second, in an attempt to be “sensitive about the issues” gamers are dealing with, Fortnitehas removed all police vehicles from the game. In addition, they’re adding tons of new features, hosting more concerts, and they will be hosting movie nights on Party Royale Island starting Friday (June 26). And finally, ICYMI, Mixer, Microsoft’s Twitch competitor, will be no more as of July 22. Instead, they will be partnering with Facebook Gaming (also a Twitch competitor) in an effort to compete with Twitch, as well as to make their new xCloud streaming service as successful as possible.
3. “I Just Wanna Live”
What it is: 12-year-old Keedron Bryant recently signed a deal with Warner Records after going viral in late May on social media for his song “I Just Wanna Live.”
Why it’s powerful: The song, which was performed by Bryant but written by his mother Johnnetta, was written in response to the killing of George Floyd and paints a picture of the life Keedron lives as an African American male in today’s racial climate. After his original Instagram post received over 3 million views and gained attention from figures such as Barack Obama, Lebron James, and Lupita Nyong’o, Bryant signed the deal and released a full studio version of the track, donating all proceeds to the NAACP. While it may seem crazy that a 12-year-old can sign a deal with a major music label because of one video, it shows that today’s young voices are wanting to be heard and that people are willing to listen. It’s heartbreaking to read such intense lyrics and know that they are coming from the mouth of a 12-year-old boy, but it’s important to see how seriously Gen Z is taking the issue of racism in our country.
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The three most populous states (Texas, California, and Florida) recorded outbreaks in Coronavirus cases this week, leading many experts to warn of “apocalyptic” surges in the virus. In California, COVID-19 is spreading through private home gatherings, and suddenly more young people are testing positive. If these trends continue, the U.S. is well on its way to a second round of stay-at-home orders. Instead of pool parties and sleepovers, your teen’s summer might be filled by streaming the latest, if not greatest, shows on Netflix. Here are six shows sure to capture their attention as the summer doldrums set in.
- Outer Banks: Set on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, this cringe-worthy mash-up of Dawson’s Creek and The Goonies isn’t going to win any Emmys, but that won’t stop teens from bingeing it. The show depicts a crew of working-class teens searching for an ancient, shipwrecked treasure on the sun-soaked coast.
- Legacies: The second spin-off from The Vampire Diaries focuses on Hope Mikaelson, a werewolf-witch-vampire hybrid that battles monsters all while growing up, falling in love, and dealing with acne. You know, just normal, everyday teenager things.
- Blood and Water: Already on Netflix’s top 10 most-streamed shows in the U.S., France, and the U.K., this mysterious drama follows a crew of scheming teens in a wealthy South African prep school as they seek the real connection between two rival classmates. Timely conversations about race, human trafficking, and class privilege make this show especially poignant this summer.
- The Inbetweeners: Although this raunchy British sitcom released in the U.K. several years ago, it’s finding a new audience among American teens, thanks to Netflix. A painful take on toxic teen masculinity and sexual insecurities, the show is a comedic attempt to highlight high school issues like binge-drinking, skipping school, and bullying.
- The Kissing Booth (season 2): Releasing on July 24, Elle Evans juggles her long-distance relationship with bad boyfriend Noah (played by Jacob Elordi) as he heads off to Harvard in this romantic sequel to the wildly popular teen drama. Although it is rated TV-14, scenes of sexual assault and sexuality highlight this story of a young girl’s first taste of love. Accordingly, the mantra that romantic love is synonymous with sexual expression is the key theme most teens will learn from this series.
- Warrior Nun: Inspired by the Areala manga novels, this ten episode supernatural series hits Netflix July 2 and centers on an orphaned teen girl who wakes up in a morgue with superpowers, only to be recruited into an elite society of demon-fighting nuns.
Keep the Faith!
The Axis Team
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