Thursday, November 06, 2008

Gen X and Obama - A Long Time Coming

Heather Havrilesky, the Television writer at Salon, writes an open letter from Gen X'ers to boomers, an apology for not really hearing them when they would try to relate the experience of living during the times of JFK and Martin Luther King.

It isn't a great piece, but it contains a few observations that I think are interesting:




And then most of us became mature, rational adults at the exact moment that a reckless frat boy boomer became our president. Just when we were starting to understand how to be a part of the larger world outside, Gore had the election stolen right out of his hands in Florida, and then the twin towers collapsed before our eyes. At first we felt moved to act for the greater good in the wake of that tragedy. But then the whole country seemed to implode in front of us, from our invasion of two sovereign nations to the rise of celebrity culture to tanning beds to McMansions to Guantánamo Bay to Hummers and a big,
faceless herd of humans in low-rider ass pants, chattering about whether or not to get Botox. ... Things were much worse now, worse than ever -- but we'd always expected that they would be, eventually. That's one of the few rewards of being
deeply pessimistic, of being trained to lower our expectations, of living in a constant state of distrust and learned helplessness.

1 comment:

SocietyObserver said...

Interesting post and blog. Relevantly, many prominent experts and publications have pointed out that Obama is part of Generation Jones, born 1954-1965, between the Boomers and GenXers.

You may find this page interesting: it has, among other things, excerpts from publications like Newsweek and the New York Times, and videos with over 25 top pundits, all talking specifically about Obama's identity as a GenJoneser:
http://www.generationjones.com/2008election.html