Please only take this poll if you are grouped into either Gen Y or Millennial classifications by the great classifier of generations in their all-powerful and always correct opinions.
Hello dear reader(s)!
My last post Dear Millennials, has offended some people. Despite my insistence that any volleys fired by me were toward those who attack Millennials, and despite that I have already made clear I think the very ascribing a set of values to people based on when they were born is pretty stupid, apparently some people saw it as an attack on Baby Boomers.
Despite the fact that I have said I don’t believe it is all Baby Boomers involved with the attack, and despite any negative things I said about people who were born during those years (as a generalization, which I do not like to make) were simply in response to a perceived attack by people in those years towards Millennials as a way to point out the hypocrisy of said attacks…some people apparently thought I think all Boomers suck. As if all Boomers actually share a common value system. As if all Millennials share a common value system either.
But that isn’t the part that bugs me. What bugs me is the denial of my perception of attacks on your generation, being made by those who identify as Baby Boomers. (#notallBoomers) It is as if they have never heard you derided as being the participation trophy generation (never mind that actually started with the Gen-Xers, (those insulting trophies being handed out by…you guessed it…Boomers).
Never mind the countless memes about how tough they were because they road in the back seat of pickups (so did I, and just because I was lucky does not mean it wasn’t stupid), or about how tap water from the garden hose was enough when they were growing up (before water sources were polluted by…), (also, I have a medical reason I am not supposed to drink tap water, so why don’t you take that garden hose and shove it?), or how they rode their bikes while all you do is sit and play video games or sit online (never mind that you are learning the technology that keeps you relevant in a job market where they are starting to see their jobs shipped overseas to be done by Chinese child labor, as they blame the Mexicans or the government.) Never mind they are handing both you and I a world that might already be too far gone.
Never mind that their generation holds the political and economic power. So how can anyone blame you for what they don’t like? The last time I checked, no Millennial is on the Supreme Court.
Now, I am sure people in the “generation” they put me in have attacked you too. And that is just as wrong. I don’t see it as often, and judging by many articles, I am not alone there. The previous generation attacking the former is nothing new. But thanks to longer lifespans, the Boomers have had an unprecedentedly long hold on the power in this nation, and are not happy about their inevitable irrelevance. The march of time is not your fault though. Nothing lasts forever, and in my opinion the torch needs to be passed at some point. Why not build up the people you expect to take humanity into the future rather than tear them down?
I don’t see how the fact you take a lot of heat is anything that could be disputed. I don’t need to point out what the candidates that can’t win your demographic have said about you. I don’t think I need to point out the memes. I don’t think I need to point out the hundreds of hit pieces written against you. I’m not going to, since I am not named Google.
Whether it happens as often I see or not, the perception is there for a reason. Only one generation has a lock on media. It isn’t X, it isn’t the Millennials. Even with young reporters, it isn’t the reporters controlling the narrative.
Disagree all you want, but I am not the first person to think this generational superiority bullshit is wrong, and I won’t be the last.
What about it Millennials? Do you think you are unfairly criticized? Please vote either way. And expand in the comments if you like.
Also, am I the only one who thinks Polldaddy is just a terribly wrong name?