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The Unsilent Generation Is Not So Silent, Blogger on Aging Says

Paul Kleyman Posted: Feb 27, 2009

Im 72, and Ive never experienced anything like this before, veteran author and investigative journalist James Ridgeway told NAM.

Ridgeway is talking about ageism and the realization about the depth of bias against elders in American media, culture and politics. Like the news anchor in the film Network, Ridgeway found a way to shout, Im mad as hell, and Im not going to take it anymore.

He created a blog, called the Unsilent Generation(www.unsilentgeneration.com).

It is Ridgeways answer to the so-called Silent Generation to which he belongs, those between the World War II generation and the boomers. He declares on the website that he started Unsilent Generation last year for people who dont believe that getting old means getting dumb, getting conservative, getting complacent or getting used to spending your days driving a golf cart to early bird dinner specials. Its a site for people who know that old age doesnt have to be a slow shuffle toward the grave, but it also isnt always the glorious adventure thats depicted in senior lifestyle magazines or commercials for retirement investments.

His blog is loaded with decades of knowledge finely honed to slice through to heart of national politics. Ridgeway also welcomes the views on issues in aging from ethnic journalists and their communities.

Some recent postings have included Brother, Can You Spare a Tax Cut?; I Want My DTV: Old Folks Get Shafted by the Switch to Digital Television; and Mind the Gap: When Medicare Coverage Runs Out, So Do Some Seniors Drugs.
A political reporter for 45 years, Ridgeway is currently the Senior Washington Correspondent for Mother Jones. Hes also a documentary videographer and the author of 16 books, such as Five Unanswered Questions About 9/11 and Blood in the Face: The Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, Nazi Skinheads, and the Rise of a New White Culture.

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