Are You Familiar with the Word Latinx?

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Are You Familiar with the Word Latinx?

Question (2)Even among Hispanics and Latinos, the two dominant pan-ethnic labels that describe people whose roots trace back to Spain or Latin America, the term Latinx is not commonly understood or used. Hispanic languages are heavily gendered. Latinx is a gender neutral form for describing the Hispanic population. Lately, it is being used more in media in an effort to be gender neutral and inclusive of LGBTQ Hispanics. Pew Research Center has studied this word in the United States and has found that only one-in-four Hispanics knows what the word means. Even less use it. You can learn about additional research on this word and its understanding in the United States here. One thing to keep in mind, language, like society, is always changing. Though Latinx isn’t common today, it could very likely become so in the future.

Parental Screen Time Fears

Blogger 2In an age when most children over 12 have smartphones or tablets, parents are worrying more than ever about time spent on these devices. A survey of parents by Pew Research Center specifically about their children’s screen time, done in March just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, found two-thirds of U.S. parents think parenting is harder now than 20 years due to this phenomenon. Social media plays a big role in this fear, but other concerns were cited as well such as changing morals and costs associated with the devices. Most parents believe a milestone for giving a child a smartphone is 12 while giving a child a tablet is okay at a younger age. We can only believe that if the survey were done today with schools requiring online learning, parents might have a different perspective on screen time.

Communicating With Employees in a Crisis

Small groupFrom Harvard Business Review are 5 smart tips for leaders on communicating with employees in a crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has now been going on for a number of months and changing as it goes. This has left organizations in constant crisis mode. According to HBR, if you follow these rules: “communicate with urgency, transparency, and empathy, it helps people adjust to the constantly changing conditions crises bring.” Read here for the 5 smart, concrete tips the publication recommends every business follows to make sure it is doing what it can to communicate to employees.

Digital Native-News is Having Problems

BloggerOnce the bright star in journalism, digital native-news is experiencing large staff cuts and revenue losses since the pandemic. Traffic, which had been slowly rising at these sites, has now plateaued since 2019. The life-blood of news media – advertising, has continued to grow; however the revenue that goes to the native-news sites hasn’t. An ever increasing share is going to Facebook and Google. The Pew Research Center has analyzed this phenomenon, but doesn’t offer any ideas on how to change the situation. You can read more about Pew’s research here.

Okay, Irregardless is a Word

Question (2)But the question is, should irregardless be used as a word in language or in written form? NPR has a story with the title, “Regardless Of What You Think, Irregardless Is A Word.” Since the word has been in constant use since about 1795, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it deserves a place in their tome as a word. However, defining it is a bit tricky and the use of the word seems to have created quite a controversy among grammarians. How do you feel about the use of the word irregardless in language and in written form? Let us know.

COVID-19 Has Exposed Ageism in Society

Covid-19 virusIf we’re all lucky enough, we get to be old. However, that fortune comes with a sad price in today’s society. The Conversation explores the issue of ageism and how it has become more exposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fault lines have been created between young and old, keeping the economy moving or sacrificing seniors, going back to normal or changing how we live our lives for the sake of others, and where federal resources should go, or not. This is an unsavory conversation, but an important one for a society with a youth culture. Ageism is not new, but as with other societal prejudices like racial injustice, its ugliness has also become more exposed in recent months.

Gen Z Could Be the Best Generation Yet

zgraphicThey are the best educated, most diverse and most technologically savvy of all the generations. The oldest of Gen Z are 23 and many in this group just graduated college or have been out for a year. Until a few months ago, life was looking rosy with the best economy in a lifetime and great jobs looking for people like them. Then suddenly the bottom fell out as the country shut down from the COVID-19 pandemic. What this will eventually mean for Gen Z is not yet known; but as it stands now, they might represent the best of what we have to offer the world. Pew Research Center examines the demographics and other research on Gen Z and how they might eventually change our country.

Normalizing Death Toll in Pandemic Times

Covid-19 virusPossibly we’ve just gotten weary of hearing how many people have died from COVID-19, or other important news stories are taking whatever limited resources journalism still has to cover them, but COVID-19 deaths continue to grow at a shocking rate…yet, less and less is being reported about the rising death toll from the pandemic. Are Americans becoming inured? That’s the question being asked by Columbia Journalism Review. In the crisis communication work we are undertaking for our clients, we are seeing that across the country news organizations are moving on as though the crisis no longer exists. One hundred thousand deaths within only a few months seemed shocking. When will we be shocked again … at 150,000, 200,000, 500,000? It just seems there may be no number that will reignite our attention. What are your thoughts on this?

New Era of Knowledge Based Gig Economy

Small groupAbout a decade ago it was expected that the gig economy would disrupt high wage (knowledge) work as well as low wage work. The latter saw great change with the creation of companies like Uber and food delivery services, mostly because gig work focused on non-complex tasks. Specialized knowledge work with multiple areas of expertise was still best handled by large organizations with numerous specialist under one roof. It was easier for large companies to just go to one place to obtain the needed information. Based on what is being seen with work at home capabilities, The Harvard Business Review speculates that we might be moving into a new era of disruption leading to knowledge based gig work. The barriers to complex knowledge work are breaking down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the easy to use technologies for small specialized groups of people to work together. The article explains in greater detail why this might be happening.

Pandemic Result: An Innovation Explosion

wham bamThe havoc the COVID-19 pandemic is wrecking on the world and peoples lives is well known. In the United States nearly 100,000 people have died, over 1.5 million ill, millions out of work and companies are continuing to lay off more workers. In the near term, there is likely to be less cooperation between countries, international supply chains are unraveling and the potential for conflicts are increasing. It is easy to see the negatives. However, something else is happening that will be transforming. The world and especially the Unites States is undertaking an innovation explosion. With sudden focus and incredible speed, businesses are pivoting to address the pandemic and its effects on their markets and staff. Universities and research institutions are examining new science to find cures, vaccines and therapeutics for the disease. Trillions of dollars are being thrown at the challenges we are facing. New ideas, businesses and ways of doing business will come from this changes. This is similar to what came out of the space race, but this race is larger and world-wide. The World Economic Forum has been looking at this innovation explosion. One of their articles is here. Rapid change is always disquieting, fearful and hard: but also creates new opportunity for the nimble. This is likely to be one of those great periods when there is a sudden explosion of ideas and innovation that takes place around the world.