Spring Breakers and the Gen Y Gender Journey

Today's post comes from General Manager, Jake Katz. 

We've been covering all things Spring Break lately. We interviewed MTV about how they’re turning Spring Break into Spring Fix, and our YAB member, Nathan, a Bahamian native, reported on how this American ritual is expressed in his hometown. Today we'll cover Spring Break in all it's glory with a review of the highly anticipated film, Spring Breakers, reminding you that what you think Spring Break is, isn't what you should expect from this film. 

 

Spring Break Y’all!

James Franco Spring BreakersBetween the Spring Break beach bikini clichés, Skrillex’s music, and the hilarity of Franco with cornrows, I don’t think we were quite sure what to make of Harmony Korine’s recent exploration of youth culture that is Spring Breakers. It piqued my curiosity enough to watch the trailer multiple times, pass around the link to friends, and then see it. If you haven’t, holy crap, go see it. It was amazing, and not in a cool ironic-because-it’s-so-ridiculous way. Spring Breakers is actually a 92-minute analysis of shifting gender roles and a captured moment in Millennial evolution. 

Without giving too much away, the joke is on us. The trailer is a bait and switch for anyone that went to see Spring Breakers for one-dimensional female eye candy. It’s entirely the opposite. Frankly, I think that was over people’s heads and the result has been a soft response. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 68%. While a ridiculous reel of former Disney stars partying may have gotten America in to theatres, one must contrast Spring Breakers with Korine’s previous film, Kids circa 1995. Side by side, the two are a crystal clear comparison between Generation X and Y.

Spring Breakers is so neon drenched it's nearly a digital music video, and it's no coincidence its characters are college…

 
 
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Millennial News Feed

Quote of the Day: “Social media helps me to connect with other parents and to mark the achievements my son has made. It also allows me to brag about my son.” –Female, 32, ID

When phones are considered their lifelines to the world around them, one of young consumers' big daily concerns, and irritants, is a dead battery. Several startups and gadgets have come up with solutions for charging on the go, from solar panel bags to mobile accessories, but one new company is aiming to make emergency charging stylish. QBracelet is a “minimalist wristband” that comes in silver, gold, and black, and doubles as a charger that can bring phones up to a 60% charge. It is currently available for preorder, and is available for both Apple and Android. (Springwise)

Have mercy, Full House might be returning to TV. The mainstay of many Millennial childhoods is reportedly in the “early stages” of being revived, and the show would include several of the original cast members. The fact that repeats of the series remain a “ratings standout” on Nick at Night, and the recent revival of Boy Meets World could be contributing factors. The reboot would continue the run of nostalgia entertainment that is being created for Millennial viewers. (Hollywood Reporter)

Millennials are the most diverse generation to date, post-Millennials even more so, and the 2014-2015 school year marks the first time that white students are the minority in the U.S. In the 1990s, white students made up nearly 65% of the U.S. state school system population, and by the mid-2020s that number will go down to 45%. (Though the pattern is vastly different in private schools). Avoiding whitewashing in media and entertainment will be more important than ever for this generation, who truly will not see a majority white group of kids as their reality. (BBC)

The Legacy Foundation’s Truth campaign has new ads out to convince teens to get more involved in ending smoking. Among those that aired during Sunday’s MTA VMA broadcast, one called out a slew of young celebrities for being an “unpaid tobacco spokesperson,” showing images of them smoking and saying, “They’re the new face of Big Tobacco, and they don’t even know it.” Teens aware of Truth are twice as likely to say they do not intend to smoke in the future, and the new “Unpaid Tobacco Spokesperson” ad has been viewed on YouTube over a million times in the last three days. (Mediapost)

Smoking might not be as popular a dangerous activity as it once was, but that doesn’t mean all teens are playing it safe. The last few years a trend of extreme selfies has been spreading online, with young people taking pictures of themselves precariously perched on tall buildings, and recent events show it’s not going away soon. Last week three young photographers posted a video of themselves at the top of Hong Kong’s fifth-tallest skyscraper, and on Sunday a 24-year-old was arrested in New York for climbing on top of the Brooklyn Bridge. (The Verge)

What if you could collect all the Millennial insights, data, and news that are most relevant to you in one easily accessed spot? Oh wait, you can! On Ypulse.com, the My Library tab is a personalized hub of Millennial content for our Bronze, Silver, and Gold subscribers. Clicking on the star icons next to any insight article, news feed item, or instant poll stat on the site immediately stores them on My Library, creating a repository of relevant information—curated by you. (Ypulse)

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