Welcome to the world of women over 50. In the youth-oriented business of television, we barely exist. We suffer from what I'll call the Windex Effect: Media people look right through us. As far as they're concerned, we're not there.
Maybe they were in a frat, maybe they weren't. Maybe they work in investment banking, maybe they don't. All we're really certain of is that they don't see graduating from college and having a job as a reason to not be doing shots on a Monday night (probably in one of these bars).
Something about our fast-paced, super consumerist society seems to have robbed the teaching vocation the respect it deserves, disposing that once concrete and tender human relationship to a matter of mere transaction.
Kids, starting as young as 3 years old, have access and exposure to a cyber-world and peer influence that competes with and can be in direct contrast to the values we are trying to instill in our children.
I think it is human nature for people to be wary of the way others perceive and interpret their thoughts. And I think that this is the root of the trend to tend towards expressing our beliefs in terms of "feeling" rather than "thinking."
Don't kid yourself: Aging is a bitch who, in the end, wins -- no matter how hard you fight back. Think about it: Have you ever seen a 75-year-old woman with a facelift who didn't look like a 75-year-old woman with a facelift?
Governmental cultural diplomacy can sometimes come off as forced or out-of-touch, but K-pop is an authentic reflection and spectacle of youth culture that is impressively close to the pulse of the "global cool."
Some will say that we should develop a school curriculum that "teaches" students about empathy. To gain that feeling, however, the other must be present in our lives, and not an abstraction in classrooms.
The root of street art is Freedom. Expression. A voice. A point of view. Youth culture has always been rooted in these ideals. But the youth in Afghanistan have grown up under the darkness of the Taliban.
Though no amount of exercise or food was able to add a pound to Cohen's body, he reported finding boot camp surprisingly easy. Sgt. Marvin DeLores remembers Cohen as "One of the easiest-conditioned guys I've met in years. Hardly took much work at all to shape him up."