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AUGUST 30, 2012 2:49PM

Why our Kids don't care about the Election

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Our children are watching everything that is going on and they are not impressed in the least. Worse than that, they are disgusted with a lot of adults and completely uninterested in the 2012 presidential election.

You say you don't care? Well you should.

One of my daughters said she couldn't tell whether or not it was a Democrat or Republican speaking on T.V. because they all sounded the same.

"And why are they all so mean about each other?" she asked.

Out of the mouths of babes I thought.

My other daughter asked what makes Democrats and Republicans different from each other and how we know when a politician is lying. Another question only a child could have the sincerity and courage to ask.

As sappy as it sounds, 'children are our future' and what they think about us does matter, not just for their own sake, but for our well-being as well.

Don't forget the American population is aging at top speed and that it is our children and their friends who will be deciding where and how all of us will be cared for later in life. 

What a scary thought that is.

During the 1960's and '70's, many young people were passionate about valid social issues and spent much of their time protesting against things they did not believe in, and marching for things that they did.

I remember my father coming home from long days as a University professor and sitting me and my siblings down in front of our boxy black and white television to watch Walter Cronkite's  coverage of the Vietnam war, Watergate, the Women's movement, the Civil rights movement and countless other stories that he thought we should see.

Cronkite's nightly sign-off "And that's the way it was" still rings loud and sentimental in my ears and memory, while I recall the days when families experienced life together in a well intentioned and tangible way.

While I didn't understand most of what I saw as a child, the fact that my father thought some issues were integral enough to pay attention to gave me a role model to look up to.

Even more than the specific and dire issues themselves, it was the fact that we had a parent who cared enough about what was going on in the world and took the time and effort to shared both his wisdom and his passion.

I remember landmark moments in history that we talked about at the dinner table where we shared meals each night as a family; in our own neighborhoods where we felt a sense of community; and with anyone else at all who cared enough to discuss them. 

Yes, "That's the way it was." 

In no way am I making a sweeping judgement about our youth a whole, but rather making the point that to ignore the emotional health, general malaise and political dispassion of our young people would be to disservice them even further.

Today, it is difficult enough to get some kids to stop texting long enough to explain to them why college will give them a head start, let alone about what each political party plans to do about healthcare and the economy.

Besides, kids know that we don't even understand what politicians will really do for us if elected.

And that is our fault, not theirs.

We can go ahead and tell our children all we want to about what they should care about and do, but if we don't even take the time to learn about what our own political leaders are talking about and stand for, then we can't expect our kids to care.            

Can you blame them?

Teenagers and younger kids have been suckled and undernourished on an Internet culture which they view as their very own and have more creative ways to navigate than any of us adults can begin to venture upon.

Their leaders are the YouTube stars of the moment, their own IPhones, reality show buffoons like The Kardashians, billions of odd photos they send on Instagram to one another, Twitter, and any other pixelized entity that holds the most shock value for the moment.

And while many of us grew up on songs and anthems that had 'peace and love' and 'anti-war lyrics, many kids today are listening to music laden with messages filled with political disinterest, depression, anger, self-hate and a general loathing for what they see as a world they don't want to grow up to be in. 

But the kids are our responsibility, just as we will become theirs when we can no longer take care of ourselves.

As for my own children, I can begin by tuning more into their lives, sharing meals with them and having something we used to call "conversations" as we all tune out of our cell phones, computers and cable television shows during dinner.

That's right, we will all actually be able to talk and hear what each other is saying, and for more than five minutes at a time.

I'll let you know what happens.

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The children are brilliant, you're a moron.
Excellent post! I wish you all the very best in tuning in and conversating...it is so important. When my children were from 7th to 11th grade ages, I felt like they were being swept away by a sea of media, and were not really hearing messages that were helping them navigate those years. Much of it was so over-the-top, violent, hateful towards women, etc. It was a very confusing time. You make a good point, these are the people who will be responsible for our generation, and they need our love and especially listening and boundaries to help them figure things out. I have a lot of faith in their generation, but we have to help them out and be there for them, set an example.
Children aren't as infantilized as they used to be. As they grow older, if they have the option of waiting until they're well into their twenties or early thirties to marry, that's even better. That way they don't go from the family right into the family, an ultimately infantilizing lifestyle that most boomers and gen-xers went through, with great damage. Getting battered around by the world for a while on one's own is the only cure for selfish individualism. Then the media, and the rest, doesn't matter
And the election is bunk.
"As for my own children, I can begin by tuning more into their lives, sharing meals with them and having something we used to call "conversations" as we all tune out of our cell phones, computers and cable television shows during dinner."

This is it. Parents and their children have become estranged. School alone is not enough. In fact, the increasing lack of communication between parents and their children is the main cause of this superficial and idiotic culture you mention.

The worst part is the children's blatant contempt of their parents or any older people for that matter. There also this delusional sense of grandiose that many young people possess nowadays. Most of them think they are much "cooler" than their parents, when in reality they wouldn't what cool is if it bit them in the butt. Excellent piece, Francesca. R
A. The Occupy Movement - kids are still plenty political. Perhaps not yours, but they are.

B. Your dad was a role model because he cared about "issues". Which ones do you care about and why?

C. Cronkite was actually, in my opinion, the great and integral journalist that people wanted Murrow to be, but reading ones news is a much better way to intake the information, and the internet has a lot of porn...I mean, a lot of words.

D. The issue with the aging population isn't that these kids that remain are gonna form some sort of "Lord of the Flies" system of retard-o-cratic government, it's that there aren't enough of them to shoulder the heavy Social Security load given that this generation of wage earners pays the Soc Sec. of the previous one, and so on.

E. They got Paris Hilton, you had New Kids on the Block. Bubble Gum Pop has been around since the dawn of recorded media (well, porn 1st, then bubble gum). Just because theirs is different doesn't make it any worse than yours, except, perhaps, there's a bit more of it simply there's a bit more of everything on the internet.

This is the same shit your parents said...and their parents said...and their parents said...

It's not more true now than it was then.
Damn, how old is that picture of yours??
I do believe that our youth will be motivated, it is evident to me in my small world though that their motivation is not as ours. I am encouraged to see that they are looking across the borders, they communicate via xbox or other medium with youth all over the world, they travel and study abroad and return with different impressions. Their world is much bigger than ours because they are truly global if only via internet. When I see so called Pirate parties gaining strong political momentum, I feel hopeful that our youth will also look into a new political infrastructure. As you can see the activism under the umbrella of anonymous or other united hacker groups, our kids think politically, radically just not in the same old way as we are. I don't blame them really because it was the writers father's generation that didn't finish the job right and lead the way to here and now.
I don't really see why any moderately socially aware individual would bother voting any more. Big business, and especially the virtually anarchic financial sector, have so marginalised governments that presidents and prime ministers don't have any significant effect on people's lives any more. If they did they'd be shot in the head in public in broad daylight.
"And while many of us grew up on songs and anthems that had 'peace and love' and 'anti-war lyrics, many kids today are listening to music laden with messages filled with political disinterest, depression, anger, self-hate and a general loathing for what they see as a world they don't want to grow up to be in."

This is one aspect I've considered to be much more influential than most give credit to -- especially when you realize how easily those lyrics come back in mind so easily many years later.
Our sons grew up listening to "our" music and still complain that the music of their generation is stupid. One son, age 22 now, came in the kitchen this week (while visiting) and complained that his generation "is an era of morons." I had plenty of moronic 70s stuff to mention back and we had a good laugh.
As for the incessant texting, etc, I feel for this generation and don't blame them for hiding out elsewhere, listening to anything other than the dire news that our planet is collapsing, the govt. is corrupt and there is no bright economic future in sight. That said, not enough families seem to understand 'regulation' of their kids' time on electronics. I'm sure I'll hear forevermore how mean a parent I've been with the daily forced hike in the woods all my kids' childhoods...('forced' inevitably becomes laughter, or pertinent discussion, and usually a great time).
I could comment several more paragraphs on this post, but Ill stop here...for now : )
I enjoyed this, thanks!
Sorry for the lack of comment editing in above comment...
@The_Foundation . . Yes the children are brilliant, and that is exactly my point if you had read my article clearly and with any degree of intellectual honestly. As for you calling me a "moron", I am sure you will find it soothing that I plan to write "more on" this very issue.
I shall refrain, however for the time being attempt to reiterate the clear points that I made in my piece.
By the way, resorting to name calling always shows a person up to who they are, small minded and without creativity.
Have a nice weekend. Peace
@clay ball . . . Yes, we do need to set a better and more consistent example for our children, because if we don't, than who else will? And besides, when we know as parents that we are their greatest teachers and role models, we benefit as well and become wiser in the process.
Our children do not grow up in a vacuum, and blaming them for being apathetic and disinterested in our political system will only further suck any possible passion clear out of their hearts, minds and souls.
As the mother of three daughters, one a preteen, one a teen and the other in college, I know full well that it is what I do that matters much more than anything that I will ever say to them.
We all need to open up both the seemingly mundane as well as the difficult conversations with our children and each other as a start, but most importantly lead by example by tuning into our own lives in a more authentic and active manner.
And just as our youth culture in America did not become despondent over night, they will not be able to be aroused suddenly into a super-active hyper generation overnight.
Thank you for reading my article, I too have faith in our young generation. The day we lose faith in our young is the day we die as communities and as the country of hope, strength and optimism that made us uniquely brave.
@Anonymous911 . . . . While I agree that truly experiencing life and its extreme hardships is one of the only ways for a young or even older person to understand what is means to be more self-less, sadly . . .
I don't believe that many youth today even allow themselves the gift of feeling or even thinking for themselves even long enough to even know what pain or hardship is. Hence the tuning out of life and plugging into anything at all that will render them deaf to what is going on around them.
But strangely, even though my report and words sound cynical, I do believe that a bright future may still be ahead for our young people, as well as for the rest of us who are not so young.
"One of my daughters said she couldn't tell whether or not it was a Democrat or Republican speaking on T.V. because they all sounded the same."

~nodding~ Oh that's a smart child!! :)

Rated!
@Thoth, A more true sentence can barely equal yours that read "School alone is not enough." There are far too many parents and political mouthpieces who rely on our schools as the supreme authority not only insofar as education, but also as psychotherapists, moral leaders, mentors, police, and general baby sitters so they do not have to parent much themselves.
I also agree with your statement that "Many kids today have a blatant contempt of their parents and older people", and even though this has always been the case as adolescents defy their elders as a way to become individualistic, self-sufficient and independent, I agree that with each generation, respect for elders and and any authoritative system has gotten worse.
Insofar as being cool, we all think "we are the coolest" when we are the youngest demographic. Although I would agree with you that the coolness factor doesn't come to mind in the least when I think of young people today. Nope, Justin Beiber and Kanye West don't quite cut it in comparison to Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney who rocked my world back in the day.
Just sayin'
@MalcomXY . . . First of all, let me thank you for your very passionate commentary to my piece. In kind, I will respectfully respond to each of your points as they are at once both thoughtful and controversial-- my favorite genre of civil discourse.

A. While there is The Occupy Movement which is entirely political and there are some kids involved, there are not enough young people involved, not at all. And there are many more issues that directly effect their lives which they don't seem to give a damn about- at least not in any large enough numbers that will actually effect change.
As for my own kids, they are just 11 and 13 and already concerned about countless issues including a greener environment, helping the poor and middle class, slave labor, animal rights-- six months ago they both voluntarily became vegetarians-- the elderly and their ability to live out their last years in dignity, healthcare, etc.
They both plan careers in which they will be able to help people in their communities out in any way they can and we speak together as a family on a daily basis.

B. The issues that I care about the most, and there are many so I will only include two in response-- includes adequate and better access to Healthcare for all Americans; and the issue of job training and helping out individuals and families get a leg up and out of poverty. By the way, I have suffered dire circumstances of poverty and with no healthcare, so I know of which I speak.

C. Yes, reading overall is definitely a better way to get news and information overall, although I am sure you will agree there is an overabundance of information that is not only false, but even dangerous. And I am not only referring to the Internet, there is also a lot of negative, false misinformation in magazines, newspapers and so-called journalistic rags.
@cheshyre grin . . . The answer your only question and intellectual concern "Damn, how old is is that picture of yours?"
It was taken this year and it's simply called good genes, not really anything that I do. And by the way, the way that I look has nothing to do with my writing, the issue at hand or anything of great importance either for myself or the world.
It's often hard to be taken seriously as an intellectual and journalist/writer when you look young or happen to have a "kind of look", but that won't stop me from keeping my own focus on what I am most passionate about and have spent my life doing-- that or covering the issues I think deserves and needs coverage most, and hopefully lending some sense, sincerity and wisdom to the subjects I write about.
I have always looked younger than my age, as does my father, mother, sisters, grandparents, etc. I actually appeared in the April 2012 issue of People Magazine as one of 'America's Natural Beauties' which I often regret to, as they asked me to appear because I looked younger than my actual age.
By the way, I am not that entirely old anyway and was born in the last year of the Baby Boom era in 1964, so at 48, I look 28.
Thanks for thinking it's an old picture. If you ask me to show you my birth certificate and a live video of me, sorry- been there and done that.
Proud to be a woman of my age!
@hulagirrrl, Yes, there is a small percentage of young people who are active insofar as issues across borders, and thanks to the Internet-- which I do believe does "some good", both younger and older generations are able to organize, communicate and even become activists for the causes they believe in.
I wish that I had- had the chance as a young person to travel abroad as I know this would have opened up my eyes sooner to issues that are infinitely important to our global and ever shrinking village.
I talk to my daughters about their opportunities to be able to experience this amazing opportunity and I know they will help to make the world a better place should they seize it.
@Anne Elk (Miss) . . . While I understand your being fed up with the political system that we have in place and indeed suffer through on a daily basis insofar as the rhetoric and lies we are mired in, I still hold out passion, optimism and a nearly-sappy patriotic duty to not only never miss voting, but to be personally responsible for what is going on in this Mad Tea party of a country.
Call me a naive fool, but I happen to still believe in the principles and ideals that made this country so unusually great and like no other in so many ways-- even though we are falling behind in so many ways-- we can still get back on track.
Thanks you for taking both the time to read and comment to my piece, truly.
@Just Thinking, There is nothing quite so reflective and telling of a generation as the music they choose to listen to. And while I agree that we had a lot of strange, lame and significantly unimportant music that we listened to in the 1970's, my point is simply that the lyrics are much angrier than they used to be, and angry not about any specific idea or cause, but rather at a general dissatisfaction and hatred with life.
Your son sounds like my daughters, who actually prefer a lot of the music of my day as well as interesting alternative music that convey messages that are more meaningful than the average teen would appreciate today.
I also agree with your point that you can't blame kids for "incessant texting" and wanting to hide out from the world we live in today.
My main point that I am sure you gathered is that we are ultimately and personally responsible for our kids and whether or not they are apathetic, angry and despondent, or whether they become active and responsible, caring citizens in whatever community they happen to live in.
Thank you for reading my piece by the way and commenting. Truly.
i'm curious and would like to read it - can you tell me what piece you wrote (and who published or aired it/year of publication) for which you got this award (listed on your left sidebar bio): The Los Angeles Press Club' award for Investigative Reporting, Radio Documentaries and Live News Coverage.

and, if you have the info handy, the details of your Edward R. Murrow award.

thank you.
Ms. Biller, I'd suggest that the disinterest and cynicism you've seen among the young is inherited. Remember a movie called The Big Fix? Richard Dreyfus was a former student radical, now a starving private detective, trying to solve the case of a murder in which he was implicated. He went among his former colleagues and brothers-in-arms, and discovered they were all cynical, sold-out or self-destructive.

The black people who knew him from his radical days were still committed, but were convinced that white people didn't give a damn for them or their causes. One white buddy sold out to The Man because he realized that fighting evil was only for comic book superheroes. Others were on the run for real or imagined oppression by the Reagan conservatives (although much of that could have been marijuana paranoia).

Most of those former radicals and activists are stuck in underpaid teaching jobs. They pass on their cynicism about the possibility for positive change to their students. (That is, when they're not deliberately abusing and demeaning their students, which they can do freely and with full approval; that's the only reason they keep working as teachers.) When a generation is told that they're worthless hunks of protoplasm who will never change anything, what else do you expect?
My 12-year-old and I have been listening to the news on NPR on the way to school in the morning. This week, a reporter mentioned the plank in the Republican platform that would deny abortion rights to women even in the case of rape or incest. "What!??!" my daughter exclaimed, sure she hadn't heard right. She decided right then and there that she's a Democrat. And she cares about the elections.
What is the appropriate number of young people such that we will meet your magic threshold for youth political involvement?

The question about the issues you care about was a rhetorical one. You said you got involved because your pops cared. If you want your kids to get involved, perhaps demonstrating that you care is a way to get them involved in a manner in which you find appropriate.

Finally, maybe looking for the bad info in here is a better way to spend your t ime than worrying about the bad info "out there". If you can't fix THE world, try to fix YOUR world.
Francesca:

Out of this insightful and engaging post, this is the portion that resonated most with me:

"Teenagers and younger kids have been suckled and undernourished on an Internet culture which they view as their very own and have more creative ways to navigate than any of us adults can begin to venture upon.

"Their leaders are the YouTube stars of the moment, their own IPhones, reality show buffoons like The Kardashians, billions of odd photos they send on Instagram to one another, Twitter, and any other pixelized entity that holds the most shock value for the moment."

While I think Malcolm XY raises some excellent points to the effect that popular media culture has always had its vacuous and frivolous elements, I believe that your point may be that digital culture has reached a level of critical toxicity. I would add that the adult generation is also affected by it in ways that threaten to compromise and even dismantle many essential notions of adulthood, but your discussion here concerns our youth, who are more vulnerable than they know in the present--and more important than many of them would seem to care to know about their own future and the culture of generations to follow them.

Your references in several posts have dated you to be about my age. I thought our mass media culture had assailed our innocence and distracted us badly enough by the time we reached early adolescence. Now, according to reports I get from my students and their parents, by their early teens, our youth are exposed to the vilest, most extreme, distorted, and extravagant images of human impulses and behavior.

The wonder here is--and it is to me truly a wonder--that so many of our young people do retain their humanity and a portion of the innocence that the adults on duty have through ignorance or indifference failed to protect.

This post is about so much more than elections. Brilliant commentary--congratulations on a well-deserved EP.
It's been said that history is made by those who show up. There's been no post RNC convention bump in the polls, and Romney and Obama are in a dead heat. Let's hope that the Dems put on a better show, that Biden doesn't go over the top and "screw the pooch" and that he and Obama stick to the facts. With any luck Paul Ryan and his Republican Tea Party buddies in congress are the stakes driven through the heart of the vampire Romney campaign. But with all the red states trying to suppress the vote, it will depend on women, seniors and voters under thirty showing up at the polls in November. Got my fingers crossed that come election day your kids will be among those who show up.
Our kids don't care about elections for the same reason I don't. They are irrelevant. We pretend we have a democracy, but the only choice we have is between Velveeta or Kraft singles. Either way, you don't get cheese. You get a brand. Half of eligible Americans don't vote. Its not necessarily apathy. The system is rigged and it's rigged against us. Our electoral system creates the illusion of freedom and choice. In the end, Wall Street, the banksters, Oil execs, military contractors, Big Ag, Big Pharm and all the other elite hucksters will be happy with the winner. Because they chose them, not us. What is there for us or our kids to care about with the elections? The horserace ? That's just for entertainment purposes. Will Jill Stein of the Green Party be participating in the debates? Or Rocky Anderson of the Independence Party? No. Because they would destroy the establishment candidates in a debate, but our media and the two parties would never allow them to participate. If you want kids to be excited about the election, teach them what a sham it is, then take them to an Occupy protests, or a fracking protest, or a Shell Arctic oil drilling protest. Just make sure to keep them away from the police thugs, because they don't like people expressing their 1st Amendment rights.

As far as political music, there is plenty of it out there. Try: Rage Against the Machine, System of the Down, K'naan, Nas, Nneka, Talib Kweli, and my favorite--Pearl Jam. Check out "No More War" for one. Pearl Jam spoke out against the Iraq War when it was unpopular to do so. The Occupy Movement has also inspired a lot of political songs.
Excellent post, i realy enjoyed, thanks
Alaska Progressive -

vote for Dr. Jill Stein (Green Party) if you are able, or at least listen to her and decide if she embodies the things you value.

We have at our fingertips a massively powerful tool for communication (and porn), but here at OS, they throw out the same old, tired BS that could have been written a hundred times before it, simply with a different set of names included.

Also, you might enjoy this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LijAxy7N-6g
@jmac1949, That's a great point that indeed you made that "history is made by those who show up"-- although obviously it matters what "those people" choose to do once they show up.
As I am responding to you after the RNC has wrapped up its grandstanding show and after the first night of the DNC has gotten off to a more than great start, I am still not sure if either side will get a bump in the polls insofar as in the the long run when people roll up their sleeves, are present in their own private sanctuaried-voting booths and decide who to vote for.
Voting is a nearly religious experience at a time like today when everyone has a personal issue at stake, and when each of us knows someone who is deeply suffering, if indeed it is not them "themselves" who toil in the financial and emotionally-laden burdens of our day.
Strangely, I hold out an optimistic belief that we the young people of our complex culture will begin to start showing up in ways that matter, hopefully sooner rather than later. But we are going to have to start walking the talk-- and a more passionate, authentic and articulate form of talk and steadfast walk that our children can have the benefit of witnessing if we are ever going to see real change and tangible fortitude.
@jmac1949, While I entirely respect your point of view as I have the same level of indignation and frustration with the American political system as you do, I simply cannot afford to blanket myself in such disgust and anger as to give up me personal right and honor to vote.
I can easily agree with much if not most of what you say, although in order to remain a sane and valuable citizen of this country, I must tell myself daily that the system does in fact work in some ways for the American people-- not in every case or all of the time-- but we aren't all that bad, and not bad enough to not take advantage at one of the most supreme rights that we all share; that of the right to vote.
This is not to say that I am in denial, not at all. Believe me, I have been on your side of the debate more times than I care to count, but I have found that at least for myself and my family, that giving up on our democracy because I am unhappy and even outraged by what we have become in is many negative ways is to fuel the fires of disillusionment and frustration even more.
@Alaska Progressive, You are correct in the music , musicians and bands that you mentioned, and I am well aware of them. But the music I am also referring to are positive songs about peace, love and anti-war issues, and not just angry messages. Remember Lennon's song "Give Peace a Chance" and "Bye Bye Miss American Pie"?
And while I respect the Occupy movement, there are just not enough young people involved, although I hope that changes. Sadly to say, if the economy continues its downturn, more kids won't be able to afford college or get jobs, leaving them nothing to but join movements, protests, marches and sit-ins.
Maybe that's just what we all need.
@Sabi, I am glad that you enjoyed my piece. Now, may be peace be with you.