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Youthful Assumptions

By Inga Buchbinder, Jun 4, 2010 10:32 AM

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 In April, the New York Times ran a cover story in the magazine that followed the twenty-somethings in President Obama's Administration that helped to make history happen--from the beginning. 

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From the Eyes of a Boxing Virgin

By Inga Buchbinder, Nov 20, 2009 10:17 AM

So, I watched the Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto fight this past Saturday. And the fact that I don’t ever, ever need to watch boxing again cannot be said enough. At first it was moderately enjoyable. All of the Phi Delta Theta brothers gathered around the big screen TV, watching a $59.99 pay-per-view program together. Sweet almost. Everyone was rooting for someone--most rooting for Pacquiao. I heard that in his last title win, he knocked his opponent out in the first minute. Although it was amazing, people were pretty disappointed.

So I sat and watched the fighters enter the ring. I watched them ripple their muscles for the TV cameras, touting their machismo around like a country’s flag.

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Shock and...Why?

By Inga Buchbinder, Oct 9, 2009 9:42 PM

 On Friday morning the winner of this years’ Nobel Peace Prize was announced. In the past 10 years, this enormous honor has been bestowed upon a large variety of people all around the world. Former Vice President Al Gore won in 2007, the 39th President of our very own United States Jimmy Carter Jr. won in 2002, and Kofi Annan and the United Nations shared the title in 2001.

The general Facebook consensus seems to show that above-mentioned laureates deemed the honor, but this year many disagree that the Peace prize has been given to our very own 44th President, Barack Obama.

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Facebook's New Era?

By Inga Buchbinder, Sep 8, 2009 4:15 PM

Editor's Note: As Baby Boomers discover social media like Facebook, their babies are dreading the thought of having to become "friends" with their parents. NAM Ethnoblog's Inga Buchbinder looks at how she and her friends are dealing with this parent invasion of what used to be the child's playground.

As the shiny glow of Facebook wears off for Gen Y, another generation has stepped up to the plate. The Baby Boomer generation, otherwise known as our parents, has begun to flock to the crack that is Facebook. We were all there: late nights searching your friends' pages, checking your newsfeed every two minutes for updates, reloading your profile to see if anyone had commented on (or “liked”) your most recent post. It’s addictive--I can admit that.

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Poles and Booty Shorts

By Inga Buchbinder, Aug 21, 2009 1:22 PM

 There's been a big uproar about Miley Cyrus and her recent performance at the Kids Teen Choice Awards for Disney. The media has attacked her, saying that her performance was inappropriate for her age and risque. Our own YO!Radio included it in their weekly roundup.

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Where Has All the Youth Gone?

By Inga Buchbinder, Aug 21, 2009 12:33 PM

Our Editorial meetings are a lot like the fishbowl discussions I used to have in middle school and high school. Our intelligent staffs sits around discussing potential story ideas, but usually we get side-tracked into discussing current events.

This week, one of our sessions was dominated by the lack of activism amongst young people. All the young people who worked furiously to get their vote counted during the 2008 Election period; the young people who organized themselves in order to prevent "another 8 years." Most of our staff is not "youth" and therefore has a much more realistic view of politics and government. They realize that our black, democratic President could be a blip in the history books.

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Lonely & Looking for Work

By Inga Buchbinder, Jul 22, 2009 12:13 PM

 It was brought up in our Editorial meeting this week that the Ethnic Elders beat might want to consider doing a profile on the "loneliest people." 

This term should be considered very loosely. The New Oxford American Dictionary definition of lonely is:

lonely |ˈlōnlē|
adjective ( -lier , -liest )
sad because one has no friends or company : lonely old people whose families do not care for them.
• without companions; solitary : passing long lonely hours looking onto the street.
• (of a place) unfrequented and remote : a lonely stretch of country lane.
loneliness |ˈloʊnlin1s| noun

Another topic that seemed to stem from loneliness was about how America is about the youth; that our society is obsessed with the look of youth and that once one reaches a certain age they are no longer considered socially "acceptable."

On behalf of the (older) youth of America, I disagree. I think that the generational gaps pose a significant problem in allowing one generation to relate to another, but I don't think that the youth of America avoids our elder counterparts. On the contrary, many cultures have the eldest member of their family living with them, and not always because they need to be taken care of. Often they are just a natural part of the family. Many of my friends had their grandparents (one or both) living with them as they grew up.

The discussion on the loneliest people seemed to implicate that the loneliest people were the elders of our society, who are forgotten and dismissed. I think that, in a time of economic trouble, we forget those who have lost their jobs and direction and aren't sure where their next step it. 

I'm talking about the Baby Boomer generation. Many are not quite old enough to get into movies at a Senior rate, but they are not old enough to bounce back into a failing job market either. Baby Boomers across the country have lost their jobs and are struggling to get their lives back together. Of course, some situations are better or worse off than others. 

I can't imagine how lonely it must feel to lose a job in an industry that you've put 25 plus years into and to disengage from a life that was devoted to working. At first it must seem like a dream come true! All this newfound time to do the things you've always wanted to do, but there was just never enough time during the weekend. Gardening, taking care of the house, small projects, enjoying the daylight! 

But after some time, the luster of all this time wears off, and the generation that has devoted the most time to working suddenly doesn't know what to do with all the free time. I think this is the loneliest person. It's not just one person, but a portion of the 9.5% (and rising) unemployed Americans. 

I know one such lonely person, and I've watched the phases of feeling freed from the shackles of work, the diligent tasks picked up to replace the time and then the slow descent into the primal need to fill the void with a job. 

During this New Depression, I'm sure there are many similar stories. This is just one.

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MJ Fever: A Swine Flu Derivative

By Inga Buchbinder, Jul 7, 2009 4:54 PM

 There has been a lot of hooplah in the news about MJ's--The King of Pop-- death. Journalists all over the country are digging up the ultimate source hoping to get an inside look into this man who we all know through his music but not in any other way.

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Last Weeks Women

By Inga Buchbinder, Jun 29, 2009 9:44 AM

 Over the last week, the news headlines have read that it is unconstitutional to strip search a 13-year-old and that one Iranian woman has been martyred after being shot outside a protest in Tehran, Iran. Savana Redding of Arizona and Neda Agha Soltan have been the face of women all over the world this past week. They have caused a stir or a buzz, if you will, amongst Americans, Iranians, and the world.