Letter from the Editor
Youth is often romanticized, to some extent, with fair reason.
Many of us are not yet burdened with the responsibilities that come with having full-time jobs. We can still, in theory, enjoy the freedom of being young. Yes, school is time-consuming, but here at Dawson, we have access to some of the most affordable academic and technical post-secondary education in the country. We live in a time of relative economic stability, in a city that’s safe and easily navigable, and in a country at peace (on our soil at least).
However, low wages, underemployment, and a competitive but slumping job market make it difficult for young people to actually live the carefree lives youth are supposed to lead. Despite criticism suggesting millennials are self-obsessed, entitled, and lazy, most of our generation is working hard to make ends meet. Furthermore, the rise of neo-fascistic groups, the possible decline of the international order, and rising global temperatures means that as our generation “grows up,” we’ll have many broader issues to solve.
Everyone, from baby boomers to millennials themselves, is critical of the role technology plays in our lives — perhaps with fair reason. Confining one’s view of millennials as obsessed with their phones overlooks the very real problems our generation faces and will continue to face in the coming decades.
That being said, as discussed in our politics issue, we can do something about it. Complaining without working towards constructive solutions only serves to perpetuate the stereotype. And, with the holidays coming and a month-long break, we should try to put our early-onset cynicism aside to enjoy the relative tranquility of the season.
Happy reading and happy holidays!
Editor in Chief, 2016-2017
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