My father has no interest in Facebook, rarely uses LinkedIn and is completely befudddled by the concept of Twitter. So when he called me the other day to rave about a neighborhood mobile app called Blockboard, I was a) honestly surprised that he even knew what an app was, and b) immediately intrigued by the concept.
Watching The Graduate in 2013 is a sobering experience. Even though many of the swinging '60s colloquialisms and hair-dos are out of date, the film's message still rings as true today as it did in 1967: the life of a post-grad is scary, confusing and often crushed under the weight of our parents' high expectations.
According to the latest census from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in this country for ages 20 to 24 is a whopping 13.7 percent.
If Chicago declared a patron saint for media coverage, no one person (save the current President of the United States) would be more fitting of such an honor than Oprah Winfrey.
As a child of the '90s and teen of the '00s, I missed the Gen X cutoff for romantic mixtapes. By the time I got to highschool, my classmates were making emo-heavy mixed CDs (think Bright Eyes and the Postal Service) to profess their undying love for each other. I remember being a tortured 13-year-old in 2002 and playing Damien Rice's O on a loop, back in the days of iPod classics that have now become obsolete.
However, most music purists regard mixtapes as the one true art form: an expression of self through the careful order and selection of tracks. Anybody can make a playlist on iTunes or Spotify by clicking and dragging songs into place, but the act of compiling a mixtape is much more involved, personal and intimate. To quote Nick Hornby's High Fidelity:
"Making a tape is like writing a letter — there's a lot of erasing and rethinking and starting again.
Last fall, I saw a little indie film called Liberal Arts in which the main character (Josh Radnor of How I Met Your Mother) and his college-age love interest (Elizabeth Olsen of Martha Marcy May Marlene) write letters to each other during their months apart. The young coed sends him mixes of her favorite classical composers, and he responds with handwritten words of wisdom from the authors of his favorite books.