The video below was created for the AARP U@50 video contest by a young film student at Columbia University in Chicago, Jonathan Reed, in 2007 or 2008. His video, based on an Argentinian Political Advertisement “The Truth” by RECREAR was placed second.
A palindrome reads the same backward and forward. This video is a palindrome – playing the opposite backwards. Not only does it read the opposite, the meaning is the exact opposite too. It is only 1 minute 44 seconds long, but well worth listening and reading – forward and backward.
Lost Generation by Jonathan Reed
I am part of a lost generation
and I refuse to believe that
I can change the world
I realize this may be a shock but
“Happiness comes from within.”
is a lie, and
“Money will make me happy.”
So in 30 years I will tell my children
they are not the most important thing in my life
My employer will know that
I have my priorities straight because
is more important than
I tell you this
Once upon a time
Families stayed together
but this will not be true in my era
This is a quick fix society
Experts tell me
30 years from now, I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my divorce
I do not concede that
I will live in a country of my own making
In the future
Environmental destruction will be the norm
No longer can it be said that
My peers and I care about this earth
It will be evident that
My generation is apathetic and lethargic
It is foolish to presume that
There is hope.
And all of this will come true unless we choose to reverse it .
Now read it from the bottom to the top – or listen to it being read in reverse on the video.