I have been so busy with work the past few months that I’ve not had time to put together a post of all the current news about Generation X. I’ve always called this feature the Blue Plate Special. Sometimes, the links are yummy, but occasionally, they’ll give you indigestion.
What emerges from all these stories is a narrative about a generation slowly coming into leadership. All the news about Baby Boomers either ruling the world forever or retiring to the fountain of youth have been replaced by stories about Gen Y taking over the universe. Meanwhile, Generation X is taking the reins of economic recovery and will lead America throughout the End of Big. (Click that link. That is a great book.)
Forbes: Generation X and the New Frugality (Don’t miss this. It’s written by Neil Howe.) Excerpt: “Individualistic, undersocialized Xers never subscribed to the ‘Keeping Up With the Joneses’ mentality. Even when they do care about what others think, they prefer to appear thrifty, rather than flashy.”
Bloomberg News: Generation X More Likely To Have Diabetes Than Boomers
Powerhouse Arena: Book Launch: X vs. Y by Eve and Lenora Epstein Two sisters – one from Generation X, the other from Generation Y – compare their lives through the lens of TV, music, technology, and pop culture.
U.S. News & World Report: Get Ready for Generation X to Take the Reins
Generation X Midlife Crisis Bites Back
Esquire: Generation X’s Midlife Crisis Bites Back (Slackers still don’t know what they’re looking for — or something like that.)
Babble: 30 Gen X Stars You Won’t Believe Are Turning 50 (Lori Loughlin, Bridget Fonda, Marisa Tomei, etc.)
Am I the only one tired of the endless plays on Cobain’s Smells Like Teen Spirit? By the way, it’s been 20 years since Cobain died. He’s on the cover of a special LIFE commemorative issue: The Reluctant Rock Star
Financial Times: What Kurt Cobain teaches us about the American way of failure
Campaigns & Elections: Forget Millennials, Gen X Is Taking Over Washington (But, of course. I never believed anyone who said otherwise.)
The Weeklings: The Zen of Gen X: How We Went From Jaded to Sated