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The Boy With 'First World Problems'

Zach Katz, with his “The First World Problems Rap,” has provided a much-needed antidote to self-indulgent teen videos, like the one offered earlier this year by a bar mitzvah boy who shares his first name. (In case you missed it, “I’m Zack” by Zachary Freiman was a spectacular doozey.)

The self-aware Katz belied his 17 years by penning this spot-on critique of upper-middle class American teens. His delivery is fun and clever, but his satire is biting. With more than 900,000 views in just seven days, he’s been holding up a cringe-inducing mirror to teens and their parents. You may even know one or two of them.

I first saw the video when a friend of mine, a mother of a teenage boy who lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, sent me the link by e-mail. Her only comment was a knowing “Oy.”

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