I’m doing long-term planning and projecting this week, but I wanted to roll out a major thesis I’ve written at the Trends Journal.
The piece is called Generation Terror, and it chronicles the history of fear within the Millennial generation, and how the fear narrative is being spread through American society. In short, war is popular; Millennials would know.
To read the full piece you can subscribe to the Trends Journal. Here’s an excerpt from the piece:
The fatal shooting of two Virginia broadcast journalists on live TV in August 2015 marks the latest event in a long string of video-ready violence.
Almost immediately afterward, the media picked up on the necessary talking points, primarily gun safety and racial identities of the parties involved — the new front lines for the War on Guns and War on Race.
The killer, Vester L. Flanagan, evoked the term “race war” in a manifesto the morning of the shooting. The June 2015 massacre by a white nationalist of a black church’s parishioners in Charleston, S.C., pushed him over the edge.
Moreover, Flanagan admired the two students who killed 13 people at Columbine High School in 1999, and the shooter who gunned down 32 people at Virginia Tech University in 2007. Flanagan’s identity was shaped in part by the very terror he witnessed and followed through television and the Internet.
Imagine an entire generation shaped by this violence, raised in the age of endless war — not to mention violence at home as well as abroad.
You’ll want to read the rest. I’ll be talking more about the fear that exists within the Millennial generation over the next few months. Especially after the Paris terrorist attacks, this is an important, essential theme to discuss.