The Anomic Society Syndrome
We are products of our own making. On a micro level, we are products of our own choices. The law of action-reaction is not limited to quantum physics alone: we plant what we seed. On a macro level, we are products of global events. There are four distinct generations that shaped the country: Veterans, Baby boomers, Gen-X, and Gen-Y. Expectations and characteristics associated with these generations are based on global events that occurred on each era. Veterans are people who were born prior to 1946. Their lives were affected by wars, mainly with World War 1 and World War 2. The Baby Boomers, whom were born between 1946 and 1964, is currently the largest population. The Civil Rights movements and the Vietnam War are the two main global events affecting this generation. Gen-X was born between 1965 and 1979 are known as the “latchkey kids”. They often had both working parents, tend to change career frequently and often have a “what’s in it for me” attitude. The Gulf War and the inception of AIDS were the defining life events for this generation. Gen-Y was born between 1980 and 1995 and is also known as the Millennium Generation. This generation is more technology savvy and better exposed with ethnic diversity. Their values are similar to Veterans in that they are optimistic, sociable, with strong sense of civic duty. The dawn of Gen-Y is marked by the 9/11 attack, War on Iraq, and the Columbines. This also marks the beginning of Gen-Z: the digital natives. As global events shapes the society we are today, I will write on how today’s events will affect the society we are becoming. Moreover, this era of information and digital advancement does not deter the occurrence of global disasters. Note the BP oil spill, the financial reform, the on-going fight on terrorism, and the list goes on. How will these events shape us as a society, and more importantly, will it trigger an anomic society? It seems like the free information serves as a...
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