The End Is The New Beginning It's the finale of our series What's the New What? For the last six months, we've been following a wide array of trends in youth culture, from slaktivists to sex without condoms. On our last day, we ask a variety of young people what trends we missed.

The End Is The New Beginning

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Day to Day often looks for what's new by asking our friends at Youth Radio. For the last six months, right here in this radio space, we've been running a series from them.


It's called What's the New What? And even though we're going to go on hearing from Youth Radio, it'll be a different What because the series concludes today. As Youth Radio asked reporters and producers and some random young people, what we have missed?

BRAND: And here are all kinds of new Whats for our final What.

Unidentified man #1: What's the new What?

Unidentified man #2: The blog is the new bathroom wall. See, when you used to want to talk about somebody, some political something, give out a girl's phone number, you used to have to put it on the bathroom wall. Now, you can put it on your blog!

Unidentified girl #1: Schools are the new prisons. My school feels more like a prison because there's a strong police presence. If there happens to be a fight, they don't just take the students to the principal's office. They handcuff you and take you downtown.

Unidentified man #3: B-battles are the new MC battles. Everybody used to go to the MC battle to see two rappers, you know, battle each other. Now, it's beats, and it's instrumentals that excite listeners more than lyrics.

Unidentified man #4: Who goes to rap battles anymore?

Unidentified man #3: I don't know. Not me.

Unidentified man #1: What is the New What?

Unidentified girl #2: Internet is the new cable. A lot of people tune into their computers and watch their favorite shows on the Internet.

They have free movies online. They have TV shows on YouTube. You can see different parts of things. So I think Internet pretty much is the new cable now for teens. Now, for older people, I don't know, really.

What is the New What?

Unidentified girl #3: Energy drinks are the new coffee because it gets you pumped up, and they have a lot of sugar and caffeine, so. I'm more scared of drinking energy drinks. I feel like my heart is just going to stop.

Unidentified girl #4: I hate to say, tech gadgets are the new cheat sheets.

Unidentified man #5: Is failure the new success?

Unidentified girl #5: I've noticed that it's kind of cool to be like messed up, kind of.

Unidentified girl #6: It's kind of subjective because for me, if I get like a C on a math test, I would consider that failure. But for someone else, it might be a success.

Unidentified man #6: Being different is the new norm. People had the white T, blue jeans, and the Nikes, you know, the Jordans and stuff. And then now, you see people are able to express themselves a lot more, dressing with a lot more individuality to, you know, represent who they are.

Unidentified girl #7: What's the New What? Barack Obama is the new president of the United States.

Unidentified Male #1: What is the new what?

BRAND: What's the New What? Voices from the Youth Radio crowd. What's the New What series finale created by Youth Radio producer Brandon McFarland, and that last one, Barack Obama's the new president, that means gen X is the new baby boomer.

CHADWICK: And what does that mean?

BRAND: Well, I don't know, but you guys had two presidents.

CHADWICK: Let's see. Bill Clinton and George Bush.

BRAND: Time for the Generation-Xers to take over.

CHADWICK: We're not done yet. We're not through.

BRAND: Maybe you are.



CHADWICK: OK, a couple of dozen more whats online at

BRAND: Day to Day is a production of NPR News with contributions from I'm Madeleine Brand.

CHADWICK: And I'm Alex Chadwick.

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