Millennials are creating a more tolerant, less confrontational country

It is both fitting and proper that America is planning to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the historic March on Washington on August 28, 1963 with major gatherings in Washington beginning this weekend and culminating in remarks by President Obama who personifies the progress the nation has made since that historic day. Not only did the 1963 March establish the political environment that led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but the memorable and moving speech to... Read more
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Here's a Way to Flood the US Housing Market with One Trillion Dollars

Members of the millennial generation – born between 1982 and 2003 – carry a student debt burden of close to one trillion dollars. This is the group that includes many just entering the stage in life when people tend to settle down and start families. Even though Millennials are marrying later than previous generations, they would still be the prime market for sales of single family starter homes, if only they could afford them. As interest rates rise along with home  prices, the only way this... Read more
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Here's Why Network TV Ratings Are Tanking With Millennials

The launch of "Pivot" and plans to launch other millennial-oriented cable networks, such as "Revolt and Fusion," is the strongest signal yet that the traditional TV networks have lost their way in trying to appeal to America’s largest and most diverse generation (born 1982-2003). The new channels are trying to connect to millennials by capturing the generation’s “change the world for the better” attitude or simply their music or ethnic identity, all of which are better ideas than the type of programming broadcast networks have deployed in a failed attempt to... Read more
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Millennials Are the Silver Lining in Baseball's Steroid Cloud

Slugging Milwaukee Brewer outfielder Ryan Braun’s accomplishments earned him the National League’s Most Valuable Player award in 2011. But his suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs — one that will force him to sit out the rest of the 2013 season — forever called into question all of his achievements. Of course, Braun wasn’t the first player to be caught using steroids, and he won’t be the last. Their number includes Barry Bonds, baseball’s all-time home run leader, and Roger Clemens, a pitcher with 354 wins in his career. Within the next couple of weeks... Read more
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Congress Can't Seem to Get Its Millennial Act Together

The most decisive force in national politics today is the millennial generation (born 1982-2003). Millennials re-elected Barack Obama and will represent more than one out of every three adult Americans by the end of this decade. Yet, more than six months after the 2012 elections, Congress has moved fitfully, if at all, to address this generation’s political agenda.The most promising effort in the current session of Congress to address millennials’ concerns was the bipartisan effort in the Senate that secured passage of a comprehensive, if somewhat overblown, immigration reform bill.... Read more
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Clouds and Concerts: Television in the Millennial Era

Millennials (born between 1982-2003), need to share their experiences constantly. This behavior – responsible for the explosive growth in social media since the first Millennials became teenagers – presents a unique challenge to the television industry and the one-to-many broadcast technology on which it is based. Since this generation will dominate the key 18-49 TV ratings demographic for the rest of this decade and beyond, finding a solution to this technological puzzle will determine whether television is able to retain its popularity as the preeminent source for entertainment or whether... Read more
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Look to Millennial Generation to Balance US Security Needs and Privacy Rights

In an age of terrorism, the Millennial generation may well find that elusive balance between security and privacy. They reflect the safety concerns of their GI grandparents, the respect for civil liberties of their baby boomer parents, and mix in their own ethic of fairness and tolerance.The first four amendments to America’s Constitution were the nation’s initial attempt to find a consensus on where to draw the line between personal freedom and privacy on the one hand and societal safety and security on the other. This debate has been... Read more
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The Culture Wars Are Over, and Millennials Helped Win Them

The sudden springtime blossoming of bipartisan cooperation by the Gang of Eight in crafting the comprehensive immigration-reform bill now before the Senate Judiciary Committee is a harbinger of political things to come. America is moving toward a millennial generation-driven consensus on a civic ethos for the 21st century that will redefine the proper role and function of government. The almost daily outbreak of intraparty warfare between Republican Senators Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Jeff Sessions (Ala.) over immigration is just the latest example of the struggles America goes through every eight... Read more
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'The Great Gatsby' Soundtrack: Jay-Z, Will.I.Am Belong On It

Baz Luhrmann’s 3D interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel about the Jazz Age has critics raving about its visual effects and its capture of the cultural zeitgeist of the Roaring 20s. Many critics however have suggested that he jumped the shark by adding rap music from Jay-Z, Will.I.Am, and others to the movie’s musical score. But for those who know their generational history, the linkage is not only appropriate, but right on key.F. Scott Fitzgerald was the poet laureate for what Gertrude Stein named the "Lost Generation," born in... Read more
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Millennial Lifestyles Will Remake American Homes

As Millennials, America’s largest generation, enter their thirties in ever greater numbers, their beliefs about how and where to raise a family will have a major impact on the nation’s housing market. This follows as their media and political preferences have helped shape how we entertain ourselves and who is the president of the United States.   A 2012 survey indicated that seventy percent of Millennials would prefer to own a home in the suburbs if they can “afford it and maintain their lifestyle.” Now a new survey of 1000 18-35... Read more
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