Stories by Steve LeVine

The Parkland generation has huge plans for this fall

Former Marjory Stoneman Douglas students Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, in Newtown, Conn., yesterday. Photo: Steve LeVine/Axios

Six months after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., some of the surviving students are only becoming more organized and more ambitious — ringleaders of a vocal, demanding, tech-savvy strata of their generation.

Why they matter: This looks a lot like the '60s. The students aren't much younger — and some are the same age — as the Kent State shooting victims of 1970. They're smart, snarky in a witty way, and — like the Woodstock generation — wise for their age. But they seem a lot less self-destructive.

A world without Facebook

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Since 2016, we've learned in drip-drip-drip revelations how our social media giants, especially Facebook, have made us disconnected divided, discordant, isolated into like-minded silos, and manipulated by hackers working for the Kremlin.

Why it matters: For many years, becoming "connected" has been the zeitgeist — to long-lost family, friends, whole new communities, potential business partners at home and abroad, perhaps a romantic interest.

Productivity is slowly rising, but not wages

Adapted from an Economic Policy Institute analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Note: Hourly pay refers to wages and benefits of nonsupervisory, private sector workers. Productivity refers to the output of goods and services, accounting for depreciation per hour worked. Chart: Harry Stevens/Axios

For decades, U.S. workers won higher pay in lockstep with productivity growth — as businesses became more efficient, they rewarded employees with commensurate wage increases.

But in the early-mid 1970s, the lines diverged (chart above) — economic production kept rising, but wages not so much, including long periods of going flat.