February 23, 2010

Are we a Lost Generation? Then let’s Reverse it. {Amazing video, share if so inspired.}

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? -Mary Oliver

When I was young, I used to frequently complain that our generation didn’t feel a moving ethos, that idealism mixed with arrogance that young people traditionally express when they look at the state of the world they find themselves growing up into.

I got chills watching the below video, even though I knew what would happen. I won’t let you know the trick, just watch it first (11 Million already have on youtube):

Explanation via Jim Ferris, who tipped me off to this:

A palindrome reads the same backwards as forward. This video reads the exact opposite backwards as forward.  Not only does it read the opposite, the meaning is the exact opposite.
This is only a 1 minute, 44 second video and it is brilliant.   Make sure you read as well as listen…forward and backward.

This is a video that was submitted in a contest by a 20-year old.  The contest was titled “u @ 50”  by  AARP. This video won second place. When they showed it, everyone in the room was awe-struck and broke into spontaneous applause.  So simple and yet so brilliant. Take a minute and watch it.

Via the artist:

I guess I should finally get around to putting something here. I am surprised that it has received so much attention recently.

This video was created for the AARP [email protected] video contest and placed second

It is based on the Argentinian Political Advertisement “The Truth” by RECREAR
Thanks to joezandstra for posting it as a video response. If you would like more info about the video you can find it here

The two songs are
Mind things
Our Lifes, Our Destinies

t r y ^ d
both of which are available for free through the creative commons license and on the site http://www.jamendo.com/en/.


Bonus: “This poem reads negatively downward, but positively upward.”

“I’m an unwavering optimist.. almost to the point of being super annoying.. but for those who sometimes struggle to see the bright side.. THIS is very cool.

Read it top to bottom, then bottom to top.

“A poem anonymously posted in a London bar is driving everyone crazy with its awesome twist ending.”


Bonus: Want to help the world? Here’s how:

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No BS Generation Mar 7, 2012 8:49pm

Glad to see this nice piece confront the peremptory and strategically oppressive "Lost Generation" label, which was crafted in a Madison Ave board room. Just wish, in doing so, it would mention fighting back against our (the US's) willful killing of civilians and waging war for profit, which are much more imminent and disgraceful than any "environmental" issue.

Mariana Wirth Dec 26, 2011 9:17pm

Wonderful! I live in Argentina, and I can say that things has happened in a way close to this words, but it is because Lopez Murphy did not won the election for president!!!

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