The Miracle album by Rock band legend Freddy Mercury and queen was originally released June 6, 1989 featuring the hit song “I want it all”
With one of those choruses that gets stuck in the head
I want it all, I want it all
I want it all…..and I want it now!
You can watch the clip here (if you do want to get it stuck in your noggin for a while)
Just to take you back 20 years, here are a few historical highlights from around that time Courtesy of Wikipedia:
March 4 – Time, Inc. and Warner Communications announce plans for a merger, forming Time Warner.
April 25 – Motorola introduces the Motorola MicroTAC Personal Cellular Telephone, then the world’s smallest mobile phone (just look at this Monster ;).
June 4 – The Tiananmen Square massacre takes place in Beijing on the army’s approach to the square, and the final stand-off in the square is covered live on television.
July 5 – The television show Seinfeld premieres.
August 14 – The Sega Genesis is released in North America.
December 17 – The first full-length episode of The Simpsons, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire“, premieres on Fox.
I think Freddy Mercury may have been on to something WAAAyyyyy back then. But was he talking about consumerism?
Was he talking about a new Motorola cell phone or the next episode of the Simpson. I doubt it, but we do know from the rest of the lyrics he was talking about the youth generation at that time.
Almost Twenty year later comedian Louis C.K. riffed on youth, consumerism and general impatience in this now popular YouTube clip
everything’s amazing and nobody’s happy show on Late Night with Conon o’brian oct 2008
I must admit I still laugh when I watch this video, because it is so true. But how unfunny do you think this video will seem in twenty years from now? (if we can still find the right archived media player to play it)
News is traveling faster than it has ever done before and much of this is fueled by the increase in Social Media platforms. By the time we have got to work we are already pretty savvy to the world after eating our instant cereal and checking our tweets and Facebook wall. Are we are seeing the decline in the newspaper, because we can’t wait for it to be printed? I saw a reporter out on the street from one of our local online news sources Kelowna.com using his iPhone to take photos for immediate upload and instant coverage of today’s power outage.
While doing round table discussions at a business seminar the other week, somebody asked me if twitter was geared toward men. This stopped me in my tracks for a little while, and asked how they came to this conclusion. “Well it must be catering to the male short attention span with only 140 characters”, I had to chuckle at that one.
But really is this true, not so much the male thing (however please feel free to comment on that 😉 ). Is Social Media setting false expectation on everything else in life? Will our youth appreciate the finer things in life that we consider worth waiting for.
An quick example ( was in not fun to build a snow fort ?) This Instant Igloo inflates in two minutes and fits four children. It makes a perfect shelter for a snowball fight retreat or hangout for the neighborhood kiddies. Made from durable, crack-resistant PVC vinyl, it includes two clear surveillance windows, two inflatable snow shields, and two detachable flags, as well as a hidden emergency escape hatch for stealthy exits. Pick it up for $119.95. Earlier this year we would wait in line for a Starbucks coffee and pay through the nose for it, now they have instant, what is that all about? As Canadian’s it seems we will still wait in line at Tim Hortons for over half an hour to get a double double in the morning. But get mad we have to wait for an H1N1 Shot.
When it comes to business how is this going to affect us?
I was taught “under promise and over deliver”, but are we getting to the point of; if I can’t have it now I don’t want it at all? Is your company providing a service or product that can meet the demands of an overly anxiousness consumer? Are you thinking about this as a problem? Are you changing it up to better suit the young crowd?