Britt Hysen is a proud member of Generation Y and a former actress on AMC’s hit series “Mad Men.” She traded the glitz and glamour of Hollywood for a more nobel pursuit, connecting, informing and inspiring Generation Y with her website, genyhub.com
The following is the final installment of a three part interview with the actress turned entreprenuer and Gen Y activist:
In what ways do you think traditional media has let our generation down?
Because of new media, we’re understanding that mainstream media is very biased and controlling and manipulating of the general public. With a new technology to go around that and connect with each other, whether we know each other or not, and break down what is being told to us is really a way to forge ahead with the truth. Mainstream media is not telling the truth and we’re realizing that. I think that mainstream media, for as long as it’s been around, has been able to control and manipulate the perspective of the general public. Many times the only understanding somebody has of the world is thanks to traditional media. New media is allowing perspectives from all over the world to surface and to be exposed and shared. Now our perspectives expanded and are no longer limited within this lockbox of mainstream media.
How is this going to serve us? I think mainstream media is coming to an end and new media is taking over. It’s taking over in a credible sense. Bloggers, for the first time, are actually professionals, they’re professional writers! To have an opinion and to be able to get paid for it is an amazing opportunity for so many people.
It’s so funny to be interviewed, normally I’m the one doing the interviewing! How do you feel about our generation?
Well, I have a lot to say about our generation. You say that bloggers are getting this clout that they didn’t have before. I think websites like nextooze.com and other similar websites are doing a lot to help bloggers show that professional side. You can’t just submit anything and get it on these websites anymore, it’s going through an editing process.
I just wanted to point out that blogging is becoming real journalism. Yes, you have your opinions, but it won’t be taken seriously unless you quote credible sources. I think that’s what’s changing about it, why it’s becoming a professional outlet. If you’re just ranting about something, you’re just not going to be as credible, especially if you don’t use correct grammar or in a certain format. What I found to be really interesting too is that AP just released a new style guide that is much more adaptable to the blogging environment.
Damnit, now I have to buy another style guide…
I know it’s just constant.
It’s so interesting to me that we’ve gone from Live Journal to MySpace to Facebook and now we’re even transcending Facebook with these micro…
Yes, niche sites. Where do you think the next step is?
To be honest, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn are becoming saturated. People are trending with deleting their Facebook friends. They’re bringing down their numbers because it’s no longer beneficial to have as many friends as possible. It’s all saturated with too much information. I think the next step for social networking or web 2.0 is finding those niche sites and those forms that you really relate to on a specific basis. That’s why Gen Y Hub is the future of social networking sites, because it embodies all three aspects of online platforms.
I think when you can just go a place where you can get your news and get your social connections and watch your video content and contribute your own writing and network and get jobs and make money, that’s the next step, e-commerce on the site. If you have a one stop shop, that’s what’s going to bring more people. When you have multiple windows open it becomes overwhelming. But, if you have just one window open, where you can get everything you need and integrate through those other sites (when you post to Gen Y Hub, it posts to Facebook and Twitter), it’s more efficient. That’s what people want is efficiency.
Though all these platforms are becoming more integrated, the communication aspect is confusing. Do I call you? Do I text you? Facebook message? Skype? Twitter? What method of communication are we going after here? It’s, kind of, blurring the lines of a the social structure. Are you a friend, acquaintance, business associate, future employer? Who are you? The sites are trying to become a little more niche to those relationships you have.
One last final question here. How do you want to be remembered within Generation Y, what kind of title do you want to carry?
It’s hard to say because the sky is the limit at this point. I want to be that catalyst that opened up the door for future generations to really enjoy life to its fullest and not to be tainted by fearful influences. I want to be known for uniting a generation through love and through the absolute giving of yourself. My philosophy is “Occupy Your Heart.”
When Occupy Wall Street started, I saw that they had so much power and so much potential to do so much good and they totally denied that privilege. I covered the seventh day of Occupy L.A. and it was still early so it was still clean and there were a lot of professionals out. When I went back the next week, I had this brilliant idea of turning all of the occupiers, especially in L.A., into a facilitation of donations. People would come and bring their donations and then occupiers would create a day or a week for a particular charity. All of those donations would then be given to that particular charity. We would create a system where we would occupy our hearts and help our communities instead of tearing them down. Instead of asking the government to solve our issues, we would be solving our own issues.
That’s what I want to do with Gen Y Hub. I want to create a place where we’re building up our generation. We’re not tearing each other down. We’re completely supporting each other. There’s extreme collective consciousness happening right now. I think that when we emanate from a place of love then everybody gets what they’re looking for. You do the work, we support you and you grow!
I want to be remembered as the catalyst that brought our generation together.
Thank you so much for talking with me this afternoon, Britt. It’s been my pleasure. Thank you again!
You’re very welcome! Thank you for calling me! Hey, I may be interviewing you soon!
Read part 1 here.
Read part 2 here.