Blue Plate: A Few Doozies and School House Rock Revival


According to this story carried by BusinessWire,Generation X is the most stressed right now. It looks like most of us have $25,000 or less in retirement savings.


Forbes reports IT Generation Gap. (As usual, Latchkey Man has a funny take on this.)

GEN X IS “NOTHING SPECIAL”Speaking of Latchkey Man, I hope he has some special words for Richard Laermer. He thinks Generation X is nothing special. He drones on about his superiority to Generation X, and more important “Generation W_F” (that would be Gen Y) in the Huffington Post, March 25. This piece reminds me of students in college who came up with clever headlines before fleshing out their stories. (Nice.)


This next article announces a webinar that focuses on “the major demographic shift” hospitals are experiencing with Generation X physicians. Let’s hope they reduce our waiting time. 

HOW GEN X COMMUNICATESMarketing Pilgrim reports that social networking may be slowing down generational lines of communication. (Baby Boomers prefer face-to-face while Gen X likes email and Gen Y texting.) The article links to another article in Entrepreneur Magazine. So, what’s your preference in terms of methods of communication?

THE GEN X VERSION of JUDY BLUME?Encore Online reports that Shawna Kenney is Generation X’s Judy Blume. Really? Just what we need.

CALLING ALL GEN X has published a piece written by Mary Ann Newcomer, who writes, “Retail nurseries have been scratching their collective heads, conducting expensive surveys of thirty-somethings, and trying to figure out how to get Gen X to come play in the dirt. Yipeee! I already am. That is, if my little urban garden doesn’t freeze in this crazy Oklahoma weather. Of course, the people at Horn Seed told me not to plant until April 1, but did I listen to them? No. Probably because I’m a Gen Xer and don’t trust anyone. Hahahahahaha!


It’s not every day that Tire Review Online writes about Generation X, but they did yesterday! And, I really like what they wrote: “…As I thought about the number of 40-plus-year-olds back in the aftermarket, I realized I’m seeing the resurgence of the Generation X crowd that spawned this industry in the mid to late 1980s with restyled mini trucks. Being in this group myself, I see many of my friends spending money on not only performance upgrades for their vehicle, but vacationing more often, owning RVs and boats, and getting to do things that they couldn’t do with smaller children.” I love it! Tire Review Online knows Generation X exists even if nobody else does. Thanks, Scott Blair!


The Japan Times Online reports that Generation X may be the last smartest thing on this planet thanks to the robotic revolution. I’d like for someone to invent a robot that follows all the teachings of Jesus to a “T.” Then we’ll see how the robot votes in national elections, and what he thinks of immigration reform and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Go robot.

I didn’t just say all that, did I? I think I did.


The Mail Tribune out of Oregon has published a piece by an associate professor at Oregon State University, Sharon Johnson. The title is Growing Whole, Not Just Old. She writes these three highly unnerving sentences (get ready):

“The data behind “The Ageless Spirit” reminds us that by 2022, the 50-64 population will increase by 50 percent and the 65+ population will increase by 32 percent. The Generation X and Generation Y populations, combined, will grow by only three percent. When it comes to being old, there will be more of ‘us’ than ‘them.’ That creates both responsibility and opportunity. Let’s start by claiming the territory.

She didn’t really just say that did she? If I weren’t so educated polite, I might point out that this sounds like something a bigot would say. Nice. 

HUH?Would someone please explain to me what this dude is trying to say? The X-Pat Files/Scott Garceau/From Woodstock to Headstock.


I’m totally buying this for myself kids. Scheduled for an Earth Day (April 22) release is Schoolhouse Rock! Earth. This DVD includes 12 Schoolhouse Rocks Songs and mini lessons. This is so cool. I feel my first Generation X giveaway coming on.

THREE-MILE ISLANDCounterPunch reminds us that the 30th Anniversary of Three-Mile Island is approaching. People died, and are still dying, the writer reflects.

GEN X DINOS SHOULD SUBSCRIBE TO NEWSPAPERSThis next one isn’t Generation X, per se, but I must include it. I am very passionate about blogging, but I am still more passionate about real newspaper reporting. The writer of this next piece, Why Newspapers Are Necessary, admits that even a “Gen X dinosaur” can blog (and employ snark). Still, his critical point is this: he’s never seen a blogger at the capitol.

A COUPLE BLOG POSTSI’m out of time so here is a quick list of Generation X blog posts:
Gen-X United by Daniel W. Drezner.

A New Economic Geography and the Church5 by Guy M. Williams. (This reflects on the impact of the economic crash for the Church.)


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  1. says

    Thanks for more Gen X goodness. But damn, Richard Laermer (or should I say “Lamer”) is a total douche! Perhaps he was going for satire, but his article was an epic fail. And Punk Marketing? I would have thought that was stupid in my Doc Marten-wearing punk days.