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January 23, 2010

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Dave Merriman

The whiney Boomers aren't getting their every little desire, and they aren't happy about it. Tough Shit.
Generations X and Y are basically spoiled bratlings that couldn't organize a good case of hemorrhoids. Wait for them to actually do something new and innovative, and you'll likely turn an interesting shade of blue...

JC

I always thought that most boomers turned into yuppies and ditched their idealistic ways.

I guess my Gen Y daughter can tell the dif between a boomer turn yuppie and an aging hippy idealist activist boomer. She still listens to me.

Wulfgar

Gen Y might actually be our hope. Without illumination, I really think they might be. They have different ways of networking their desires, They have different ways of hoping. Yeah, Gen Y might be the answer.

JC

Give them some time. The 60's lasted a decade, and changed the world. Of course, we're still being hated for it, but that's beside the point.

batgrl

I always have a hard time with these terms to sum up an entire generation, when things really aren't that simple. Especially when most of those terms were really embraced and bandied about by the marketing folk more than say sociologists - the terms are to lump people into groups in order to sell things to them. When you try to turn it around and make generalizations - besides how these groups buy - it becomes much more difficult to be accurate and much less useful to make any predictions. (Or so sociologists and communication scholars say anyhow.) But of course the same could be said for any group where you try and make generalizations - it's only going to be somewhat true for a percentage of that group. And no one can decide what that percentage is. (It's what mass comm scholars chat about at cocktail parties.)

Frankly I think one generalization that always holds true is that a certain amount of people will always blame the current administration for problems caused by the administrations from the past decade. Americans don't tend to see the big picture very well, or looks at things long term. Problem now? Guy in office now caused it, never mind that the last 4 terms led us merrily on the way to this spot. Also the people who answer the pollsters? Not usually up to date on reading up on the latest news.

Having said that, yeah, where are all these marching, organizing boomers? I do see a few at protests, but there should be a lot more of them. If I was rude I'd say something snarky like "maybe they're all typing in all caps in comments of the NYTimes" - but nah, that'd be rude. Heh.

GTF652

Congrats on this blog; just discovered it today, and like much of what I've read already. And yes, Obama and many of those in his cabinet are part of that long-lost generation which finally has a name which has caught on: Generation Jones. Google Generation Jones, and you’ll see it’s gotten a ton of media attention, and many top commentators from many top publications and networks (Washington Post, Time magazine, NBC, Newsweek, ABC, etc.) now specifically use this term. In fact, the Associated Press' annual Trend Report chose the Rise of Generation Jones as the #1 trend of 2009. Here's a page with a good overview of recent media interest in GenJones: http://generationjones.com/2009latest.html

It is important to distinguish between the post-WWII demographic boom in births vs. the cultural generations born during that era. Generations are a function of the common formative experiences of its members, not the fertility rates of its parents. And most analysts now see generations as getting shorter (usually 10-15 years now), partly because of the acceleration of culture. Many experts now believe it breaks down more or less this way:

DEMOGRAPHIC boom in babies: 1946-1964
Baby Boom GENERATION: 1942-1953
Generation Jones: 1954-1965
Generation X: 1966-1978

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