Last ten years, teen perspective

In spirit of the decade coming to an end, journalists are buzzing about the most influential person of the decade, the best name for the last ten years or simply looking back and reflecting on how the past ten years have affected America.

Last week my blog post reflected on all the negative events of the past ten years. If you take a look at what journalists are writing about this week, you will see a more positive spin. You will also see the increasing attention to creativity, technology and interaction – journalists asking the audience to engage with their stories and making sure they capture the public opinion. However, like many other topics, they are not asking the teen opinion. This is where ThreeSixty fills in the gaps.

Many of us think about the past ten years and wonder where time went, often thinking about past decades and how they compare to this one. For our younger audience, this decade has been the first full decade they have seen; therefore, it affects them in an entirely different way. Many compare 9/11 for teens to the Vietnam War for older generations. Some of us have jumped from 35 to 45, or 52 to 62, but our journalists may have jumped from 7 to 17. Can you imagine what differences in perspective the past ten years have been for them? If we consider this past decade to be in the pile of one of the worst, how do you think teens feel about that analysis? Are they worried about the future? Or does this give them hope to make change?

Some of our journalists are doing their own reflecting about how the past ten years have affected them and the changes they have seen in technology, politics, education and so on. In 2010 we will share those reflections and essays. I encourage you to do your own reflecting and goal setting, not just for next year, but also for the next ten years. Your reactions and ambitions may shock you, and will probably make you wish you were 17 again.

Kate Borman, 2009-2010 marketing manager