In 2014 I lived in Austin TX and then toured a lot of the US in a band. Austin TX was touted to me as a paradise for young adults…I had some different observations.
I saw a lot of disengaged people in Austin, but also something I failed to explicitly mention in this video: the “bugmen,” people who may seem energetic and active, yet are only sustained by trendy lifestyle signaling and consumerism, even if it’s novelty, “alternative,” hipster-ish consumerism.
Touring more of the US showed me an aging infrastructure and young people in town after town who are adrift and aimless–but I end on a positive note, as these people are ripe for change.
The notes for this video were originally prepared for the following:
On 11/15/17 I was on a livestream, hosted by The Motley Discourse. We went back and forth asking each other questions.
Unfortunately there were technical issues with that stream.
Therefore, I’m making some of my own videos based off of the questions I was asked for that livestream.