Generation X in the News
A student named Molly wrote a scathing editorial for the University of Pittsburgh’s, The Llama Ledger about just how much Baby Boomers dislike Generation X.
But with great power and success comes a hunger for more power and success, and with the end of the ’70s in sight, the boomers began to worry that their reign as the world’s movers and shakers was coming to a close. Generation X, babies born in the ’60s and ’70s, were entering the workforce, and the boomers could not allow this new generation to be more accomplished or special than they were.
Generation X had to be stopped at all costs (see: Sylar, “Heroes”).The boomers quickly went to work spreading propaganda at alarming rates, planting seeds of doubt like a farmer carefully tending to his crops. Soon, no one wanted to hire Generation X. After all, Generation X was a bunch of slackers and rebellious hoodlums with bad attitudes.
So, Baby Boomer dislike Generation X and have for a very long time. Like from day one? Ugh.
Generation X The Biggest Losers
Warning: Depressing headline on the way. If you’re happy-and-you-know-it, read this commentary, Summer of Discontent as Generation X the Biggest Losers, as reported in the Australian version of the Wall Street Journal. Otherwise, go eat some Reese’s pieces or an Abba Zabba or toss some pixie stick sugar down your throat.
The Detroit Free Press reports that Generation X represents 20 percent of the voting population.
I find it particularly interesting learning about Generation X around the globe. No doubt, Australia and Canada have the best news coverage, even better than the U.S. I also like the varying Gen X perspective shaped by race and culture. Here is an article about Cuba’s Gen X artists finding each other. I like this summary toward the end of the piece:
“The bandmates contend they are Cuba’s “lost generation.” It has taken them all of these years to migrate and eke out an existence for themselves off the island. But Bueno and the rest believe their time is finally coming.”
Seems to be the story the developed world over, huh?
Here’s another article/blog post extolling the virtues of Gen X parents. Check it out. Here’s an excerpt:
Generation-X includes more stay-at-home dads, fathers working from home and dads cutting back long hours than previous generations, say analysts.Gen-X moms are distinguishing themselves from baby-boomers by embracing traditional roles. Though they’re more college-educated than any previous generation, more Generation-X moms than boomers are staying home or working part time.
Generation X Turns 40
Here is a blog post that links to and posts a great article about Generation X turning 40, a milestone largely over-shadowed by Baby Boomers turning 60. Check out Sahar’s post Kurt Cobain, the angry young man, would be in his 40s now. Wow.
That is all I have time for today! But, it appears there are a growing number of blog posts about Generation X!
Among other things, why do you think Baby Boomers dislike Generation X so much?