In search of a defense, the case for millenials. Generational gaps and stereotypes.
Just when you think you’ve seen just about everything, well, I read an apologetic on millenials. Okay, someone took the initiative being a millenial herself. Her column can be found here at Slate — like where else?
At least she tried to bury some of the stereotypes about them. But the crux of the piece is that we shouldn’t hate millenials (read make fun of and pick on them) because in reality we hate technology. So we are actually technology-haters that take out our frustrations on/at millenials. Sound logical? Yea sort of, for millenials that is.
Maybe there is a tad of rationality to the grievance with technology charge. But if anything, many of us might be jealous of millenials for catching on to it all so quickly. Possibly, just saying…like whatever!
She marginalizes the complaint that millenials are not so politically savvy or knowledgeable. (read slackers in various areas) That is one stereotype I’ve yet to see a good rebuttal to. Their networking capabilities take precedent over the bore of politics, though their skills can be cross-applied to politics.
Yet there were some good insights in the piece, if there is hope, that they are extremely individualistic. So take that John Birchers and Tea Partiers. But at what cost or price, isn’t that always the question?
We’ve all been there, seeing politics as the ugly sausage making process it is — at least periodically. Come on, most of us have idealized about what would make the system better? We usually come to our senses figuring the process is resigned to the nature it ‘is’. (to use a 90’s term) If anyone proved it, or should have even to milllenials, it was Obama.
The realists knew there was not a chance in Hell he was going to change the ambiance of the DC cesspool, though he set out to change…whatever else he wanted, subject to his definition. In reality, he ushered in loud voices to compensate for others’ lack of participation. It worked, sort of, to give him much of what he wanted to change. Sure it turned some people off. In the end, it was the chief dupes, those millenials that really personified the hope and change abstract that could be redesigned on the fly, who fell for his dribbling tripe. Not just fell for it, they gushed and continually fall for it.
So it was interesting in the last election when there were indicators he was losing ground with this generation. Say it isn’t so. It began to separate perpetual believers from the more rational realists who tired of seeing the same plays and tactics over and over… along with change for the worse. It must have started looking like a professional con job. Well, even the baby boomer generation figures out the Nigerian email scam, at some point.
WASHINGTON — Millennials have provided invaluable political support to President Obama over the course of his presidency, voting for him by a roughly 2-to-1 margin in his two successful campaigns against Mitt Romney and John McCain.
But as Obama tries to climb out of a 2-month-long malaise that saw his popularity sink with the fumbled rollout of the federal health care exchange, the president appears to have nearly as much work to do with young people as he does with older Americans.
Experience though is still a great teacher; there seems to be no technology equivalent for it. Experience causes the dynamic where non-millenials get suspicious of new fads and “if it feels good” approaches. We have been around the block a few times and most of us are wise to knowing all that is promised on a campaign trail is not written in stone once in office. But we are accused of being too judgmental about millenials. Yet those same millenials seem to have their prejudices about baby boomers and others. Fair is fair, maybe we all have our biases.
Now, even on Obama’s signature policy, millenials can only muster 41% approval. A majority were Grubered. That’s bad for the supposed chief beneficiaries of AFA.
It is astounding to hear from one millenial what captures the mindset of most others. I guess, as “individual” extremists often do, she takes the liberty to speak for the masses. Get the irony of that. But then much of what is wrong with politics today is the identity politics. Being fierce advocates of individualism, it seems, should help not hurt that. That is if it is true individualism, not just selfish ambition. (some have reservations)
As for me, I won’t blame everything on the millenials as she posits. I admit they can make a good whipping post at times. What with all their technological plugins that they haven’t yet been able to achieve world peace. Sorry. Though they were central advocates for the whiner-in-chief. I guess the sausage didn’t taste any better after it was made — and won’t.
Rather than individualism, aren’t they more about self-gratification? We often wonder, and seeing the narcissistic tenancies in some seems to confirm suspicions. How childish it must seem now to have run around repeating Obama’s ‘hope and change’ chants, only to find that no you can’t, and “oh no he didn’t?” They’re due for a dose of “I told you so.”
She reminded me they’re called millenials, I was calling them “Yes we can”-O-bots.
But now if only I could do something about my “technology hating”.
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