Millenials are Killing Industries Apparently, Who Knew?

Articles titled such as, “Millennials Are Killing the Cable Industry” (Mark Hughes, 2015), “Millennials can’t buy houses because they are buying avocado toast and expensive coffees” (Jay Willis, Tim Gurner, 2017), and most importantly, in the words of the esteemed talk show host of Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough, “Young men in the 1940’s liberated Europe from the Nazism and the Pacific from the Japanese Empire. Today, too many stay at home and play video games.” (Joe Scarborough, 2017). He also claims, “Our smartphone culture impacts young men in the most profound way. It is often younger women that suffer the most.” (Joe Scarborough, 2017). The members of the Baby Boomer generation and members of Generation X such as Joe Scarborough et al. enjoy bashing Millennials and older members of Generation Z (The post-millennials, iGen, etc.) because we do not have high enough paying jobs because of the Great Recession or student loans, or because we majored in “Social Gender Studies” (Milo Yiannopoulos, Steven Crowder, 2017). The danger with bashing the Millennials and members of Generation Z is that it will increase the level of angst and divisiveness the country already possesses. The Millennials are old enough to have jobs, homes, and purchase goods and services that cater to their tastes. The members of Generation Z are one of the most entrepreneurial generations out there and from firms to sports teams are hiring them as marketing advisers to increase revenue for the team or firm. It is dangerous for the older generations to mock these generations because it is a reflection on the Baby Boomers and Generation X that they cannot acknowledge their mistakes. They are the ones that raised us after all.

It does not make sense to bash the two up and coming generations because the Baby Boomers and Generation X raised us in their own image. The Baby Boomers were as divided by issues during the Vietnam Era as they are now. They were divided over the Vietnam War and the Cold War, as well as Civil Rights and LGBTQIA+ rights, as was the Greatest Generation. They were also divided over recreational drugs and socio-economic conditions, which gave LBJ the confidence needed for his entitlement programs in the “Great Society”, as well as lead us to our first lost war in Vietnam. The United States has become more diverse in recent decades. It has also become more politically polarized in recent years. While the Baby Boomers were going to Vietnam or San Francisco and/or Woodstock, they became more ensconced in their beliefs. This led to ever increasing divisiveness during the 1970’s to today, with Ronald Regan and Donald Trump as results of this polarization.

Those who did not go to Vietnam, and those who survived it, went to school and studied the works of Von Moses, Adam Smith, and John Maynard Keynes. They became entrepreneurs who worked their way to the top of big box chains and killed Mom and Pop shops. They also created Apple and Microsoft, as Jobs and Gates are part of this generation. They told us we could be anything we wanted to be when they were raising us and our older Millennial siblings. They taught us to expect that there would always be relatively decent paying jobs, decent retirements, and a semi-idealistic view of America as a shining beacon. They were the ones who gave out the participation trophies, told us to go into debt for a college degree that would get us a decent job and home, and they are the ones who told us we could be anything. They gave us the carte blache to get any degree we wanted, including gender studies, underwater basket weaving, etc.

But, why does the generation, or generations that raised us Millennials and Post-Millennials balk at socially and racially diverse ideals? Maybe it has to do with how they were raised and what changes they perceive are threating, which is why they balk and bash us at every chance they get, even though they are just as much of a snowflake generation as we are perceived to be. In light of these sentiments, it is time to bury the hatchet among generations and work together for a better future. It is time for the Baby Boomers to stop blaming millennials for wanting participation trophies they gave us. After all, they are entitled to health care and retirement, unlike the generations X, Y, and Z. So, to conclude this, Baby Boomers should work with us and not bash us younger people at every chance they get, after all, they created this, and should acknowledge it.

Articles titled such as, “Millennials Are Killing the Cable Industry” (Mark Hughes, 2015), “Millennials can’t buy houses because they are buying avocado toast and expensive coffees” (Jay Willis, Tim Gurner, 2017), and most importantly, in the words of the esteemed talk show host of Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough, “Young men in the 1940’s liberated Europe from the Nazism and the Pacific from the Japanese Empire. Today, too many stay at home and play video games.” (Joe Scarborough, 2017). He also claims, “Our smartphone culture impacts young men in the most profound way. It is often younger women that suffer the most.” (Joe Scarborough, 2017). The members of the Baby Boomer generation and members of Generation X such as Joe Scarborough et al. enjoy bashing Millennials and older members of Generation Z (The post-millennials, iGen, etc.) because we do not have high enough paying jobs because of the Great Recession or student loans, or because we majored in “Social Gender Studies” (Milo Yiannopoulos, Steven Crowder, 2017). The danger with bashing the Millennials and members of Generation Z is that it will increase the level of angst and divisiveness the country already possesses. The Millennials are old enough to have jobs, homes, and purchase goods and services that cater to their tastes. The members of Generation Z are one of the most entrepreneurial generations out there and from firms to sports teams are hiring them as marketing advisers to increase revenue for the team or firm. It is dangerous for the older generations to mock these generations because it is a reflection on the Baby Boomers and Generation X that they cannot acknowledge their mistakes. They are the ones that raised us after all.

It does not make sense to bash the two up and coming generations because the Baby Boomers and Generation X raised us in their own image. The Baby Boomers were as divided by issues during the Vietnam Era as they are now. They were divided over the Vietnam War and the Cold War, as well as Civil Rights and LGBTQIA+ rights, as was the Greatest Generation. They were also divided over recreational drugs and socio-economic conditions, which gave LBJ the confidence needed for his entitlement programs in the “Great Society”, as well as lead us to our first lost war in Vietnam. The United States has become more diverse in recent decades. It has also become more politically polarized in recent years. While the Baby Boomers were going to Vietnam or San Francisco and/or Woodstock, they became more ensconced in their beliefs. This led to ever increasing divisiveness during the 1970’s to today, with Ronald Regan and Donald Trump as results of this polarization.

Those who did not go to Vietnam, and those who survived it, went to school and studied the works of Von Moses, Adam Smith, and John Maynard Keynes. They became entrepreneurs who worked their way to the top of big box chains and killed Mom and Pop shops. They also created Apple and Microsoft, as Jobs and Gates are part of this generation. They told us we could be anything we wanted to be when they were raising us and our older Millennial siblings. They taught us to expect that there would always be relatively decent paying jobs, decent retirements, and a semi-idealistic view of America as a shining beacon. They were the ones who gave out the participation trophies, told us to go into debt for a college degree that would get us a decent job and home, and they are the ones who told us we could be anything. They gave us the carte blache to get any degree we wanted, including gender studies, underwater basket weaving, etc.

But, why does the generation, or generations that raised us Millennials and Post-Millennials balk at socially and racially diverse ideals? Maybe it has to do with how they were raised and what changes they perceive are threating, which is why they balk and bash us at every chance they get, even though they are just as much of a snowflake generation as we are perceived to be. In light of these sentiments, it is time to bury the hatchet among generations and work together for a better future. It is time for the Baby Boomers to stop blaming millennials for wanting participation trophies they gave us. After all, they are entitled to health care and retirement, unlike the generations X, Y, and Z. So, to conclude this, Baby Boomers should work with us and not bash us younger people at every chance they get, after all, they created this, and should acknowledge it.

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