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Gen-Z to Boomers #10

  • “The Health Insurance Plot”
  • Different dreams
  • Sex-ed from Dolly magazine
  • I want my MTV
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University of Pennsylvania

What Will the World Look Like in 2030?

Big demographic, economic and technological changes are coming — from an aging population in the U.S. and the rise of sub-Saharan Africa as a compelling middle-class market to automation causing “technological unemployment,” according to Wharton management professor Mauro Guillen.

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Asheville Citizen Times

Boyle column: When it comes to ageism, we’re all prejudiced

Let’s be honest: We all enjoy a good old fogey joke. A year ago, when my oldest sister turned 65, I mailed her a pack of Depends —unwrapped. It was hilarious. Well, at least to me.

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Electric Literature

The Health Insurance Plot Is the New American Happy Ending – Electric Literature

The Health Insurance Plot is a cousin to the Marriage Plot, which refers to a story that concludes in a marriage. The Marriage Plot is still prevalent today, but in 19th-century England it was especially popular. All of Jane Austen’s novels, for example, end with weddings. At the time, marriage was essentially permanent and offered Austenian heroines domestic and financial security—a kind of happy ending.

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Washington Post

Viewpoints: We’re divided by different dreams

It comes as no surprise that the Democratic and Republican conventions highlighted the stark gulf separating the two parties.

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‘Our country is in a state of emergency.’ First-time voters reflect on why they are voting in 2020

When voting begins for the 2020 U.S. general election, a new set of eligible Americans will cast ballots for the first time. These first-time voters plan to participate in an election that comes in the midst of a global pandemic that has affected schooling, work, the economy and the 2020 election itself.

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Salt Lake Tribune

Documentary recalls when a generation demanded ‘I Want My MTV’

If you weren’t around to watch MTV in the 1980s and ’90s, you have no idea how big it was.

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As a teen I got all my sex-ed info from Dolly Magazine

Aliya Ahmad spent her childhood living in different parts of the world from Vietnam to the Middle East. But when her family would return for pit stops to Australia, she knew what she had to do.

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Christian Science Monitor

Young workers hit hardest in global downturn. What’s the answer?

By Laurent Belsie, Staff writer Whitney Eulich, Special correspondent Lenora Chu, Special correspondent Ann Scott Tyson, Staff writer Jules Struck, Staff writer | August 31, 2020

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Study: 1 in 5 young adults hospitalized with COVID-19 require ICU care

Sept. 9 — More than 20% of young adults hospitalized with COVID-19 between April 1 and June 30 required treatment in the intensive care unit, or ICU, according to an analysis published Wednesday by JAMA Internal Medicine.

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The American Conservative

The Promise of Urbanism: A Response to Rachel Bovard in American Compass

Rachel Bovard has written a piece at American Compass bouncing off Wells King (republished at New Urbs), both responding to the Trump-Carson op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, or AFFH. Trump and Carson boasted that they were repealing Obama-era rule and saving America’s suburbs from left-wing federal social engineering. King argued that this could prompt positive reform of an ossified and outdated zoning regime. Bovard argues that the AFFH was in fact federal social engineering, and that the suburbs should remain bastions of eventual homeownership for all Americans. But while her ostensible target is the AFFH, she repeats a few common misconceptions about what zoning reform and urbanism more generally might look like if more widely implemented.

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