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Echo Generation: Do You Hear An Echo?

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Echo generationDo You Hear an Echo?The echo generation cannot be ignored in the new millennium. They are the offspring of the baby boomers and are those children who were born in between 1980 and 1995. As the boomers age and become a less important role in society, media and other areas of influence are presenting new messages directed towards those teenagers and young adults the make up the echo. With a population of 6.5 million in Canada, the echoes have become the second most important group of the population. Of course the boomers still make up the majority of Canada's populace, but the echoes are approaching the work force as an assembly with a broader and generally better education in ...view middle of the document...

What's even more frightening is that youth crime is no longer merely petty theft, but brutal violence, often murder. Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the increasing violence and violent content in our media is sexual cruelty and hostility being displayed as normal and even humorous.Freedom of speech is one thing, but when certain musicians preach about the exhilaration of beating their wives or murdering a loved one, even a constitutional right can be taken for granted. What does this say to the nation's children? Who's to say that young, impressionable children will not feel that abuse is an appropriate way to display signs of affection? It is apparent that the message the youth are being brought up with is the best kind of love is purely sexual, as in the cases of eros and agapao. The media has refuted good old-fashioned brotherly and unconditional love. It has almost become a case of what's cooler. The young gentleman who holds open a door for a kind old lady will probably be laughed at and ridiculed. The odds of such a young man or woman repeating this act are slim to none. Conceivably, though, it is not entirely the kind-hearted youngsters fault. Why should an old lady trust a teenage boy or girl? After all, aren't we the rebellious young criminals that are portrayed on the television every night? It seems that every generation becomes more skeptical than the one before it. With cases in the news (even in our very own quiet and highly rated metropolis of Calgary) of young adults raping and sexually assaulting senior citizens, I can state, with a clear conscience, that the older generations have a right to be fearful and skeptical. After all, shouldn't they know the best? They raised us, gave us wooden swords and plastic guns and said "sure go play war in the back yard". With the whimsical words of wisdom being preached by your local Eminem, there is no question why sex has become the whole objective of even pre-teens. Take for example the chorus of Eminem's song Kill You:B*!$h I'ma kill you! You don't wanna f!*# with meGirls neither - you ain't nuttin but a s#!t to meB#*!h I'ma kill you! You ain't got the balls to beefWe ain't gon' never stop beefin I don't squash the beefYou better kill me! I'ma be another rapper deadfor poppin off at the mouth with s!@% I shouldn'ta saidBut when they kill me - I'm bringin the world with meB!@%$#s too! You ain't nuttin but a girl to me.. I said you don't, wanna f%$& with Shady (cause why?)Cause Shady, will f*%$!n kill you (ah-haha)I said you don't, wanna f!@% with Shady (why?)Cause Shady, will f*&%$n kill you..This song is clearly designed to degrade women and make them appeal to men as nothing more than sexual objects. The sexually based culture is not only limited to North America, in fact it is considered even worse in Japan.Reading an article on the internet, I came across a section that indicated the relaxed views of the Japanese towards sex. In this article it mentioned that it wasn't...

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