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James Garner, Elaine Stritch, Kanye West, And The Culture Of Cre

A piece entitled Oh! You pretty things documents the reality that, globally, youthful indiscretion has been replaced by reticence. Hijinks are out and hesitation is in. And while declining rates of drug use and teen pregnancy are laudable, when the pendulum swings too far, you end up with a generation of young people who are too afraid of failure to take the career risks necessary for creative success. You get a cohort who actively avoid life experiences such as working undesirable jobs or living in a shoebox of an apartment eating Pot Noodle because these realities are uncomfortable and not mandated by a popular culture that prizes personal fulfillment over hard work (even if Kim Kardashian shoes the latter is what gives you the former). You get 30 year-olds who are happy to accept help with a car payment from their parents and memoirs written by people hardly old enough to rent a car. You get curated Instagrams that are modeled after Kanyes praise of Jay-Z all about showing the win, without any traces of the fight that went into it. Except even Jay-Z himself acknowledges the years of work behind his effortless facade. In a collaboration with Kanye,Primetime, he notes, Started in 88, got warm in 92. <br>Source:

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