Tag Archives: Generation Y

Generation Y
January 3, 2018

The end

By Brett Yates

I began writing for this newspaper in early 2008, and it didn’t take me long to realize that I enjoy this column so much that I could do it forever if the editor would let me. I knew I’d likely never find…

Generation Y
September 6, 2017

Repeal and replace

By Brett Yates

I’m aware that nearly everyone is probably tired of hearing about Confederate statues by now. But before I finally move on from the Unite the Right fallout and restore this column to its regularly scheduled programming, I want—for one very particular reason—to…

Generation Y
August 23, 2017

Good things for bad people

By Brett Yates

This month, following social media pressure upon their employers, two workers in the San Francisco Bay Area were fired for holding opinions widely deemed abhorrent. The first was a Google engineer who circulated a memo criticizing certain internal corporate policies: specifically, the…

Generation Y
August 16, 2017

Spill your guts

By Bret Yates

In July, the Boston Globe published an article about the painter Helen Frankenthaler that contained the following sentence: “Frankenthaler’s effects are more visceral, more buzzy and demanding, than pastoral evocations of space.”

Every time I encounter the word “visceral” in print (which…

Generation Y
August 2, 2017

We’ve come a long way from where we began

By Bret Yates

What does it mean that the music video for “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth is now the most viewed YouTube clip of all time?

First of all, given the initial conception of YouTube as a repository for user-created…

Column
September 14, 2016

Local news

Since August, the same sports-journalism scandal has occurred twice. First, an Internet firestorm arose when The Chicago Tribune tweeted the following: “Wife of a Bears’ lineman wins a bronze medal today in Rio Olympics.” Feminists, already exasperated by numerous previous instances of sexist Olympic coverage,…

Column
August 10, 2016

The ethics of punching people

It was reported last week that George Zimmerman, the infamous neighborhood watch coordinator who was acquitted of second-degree murder in 2013, was punched in the face inside a bar in Sanford, Fla, after bragging about the 2012 incident in which he shot and killed the…

Generation Y
July 15, 2016

Lagniappe; An extra second of time to ponder

Ever since I found out that 2016 would include an extra second—as announced on July 6 by the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service—I’ve been planning what to do with all the extra time I’ve now got on my hands.

Since 1972, “ leap…

Gen Y: On marriage
Generation Y
June 30, 2016

Gen Y: On marriage

Most of the young couples I know who have recently gotten married lived together for a couple years before becoming engaged. For two people who have cohabitated romantically for an extended period of time, their daily routine no different from that of a traditional married…

Please stop talking about “Game of Thrones”
Generation Y
June 23, 2016

Please stop talking about “Game of Thrones”

A serious question: is it possible in modern society to attend a social gathering without having to listen to a conversation about the latest episode of “Game of Thrones?” Am I the only person whose heart sinks at the inevitable moment in the evening when…