Baby Boomers are Jealous
Stephen M.
10/30/96
Professor Shockley

Generation X’ers have been described as "fanatically independent individuals pathologically ambivalent about the future, and brimming with unsatisfied longings for permanence, for love, and for material possessions." (Lauren, p.64) This less-than-flattering description of our generation has since been expanded by the media to the point that myself and my peers are described as a bunch of apathetic slackers unconcerned with family values, godless cynics resentful of the preceding generations.
Since Douglas Coupland’s Book Generation X came out in 1991, many things have been said about the twentysomethings. Labeled by Coupland and the media as Generation X. Although the name has stuck, Coupland’s book is virtually impossible to find. Why is that? Could it be because Generation X describes us, me, everyone who was born between the years of 1963-1983 as "white and privileged and living in a suburb near you" (Giles, p4). In addition, Advertising Age referred to Generation X’ers as "That cynical, purple-haired blob watching TV." (Giles, p2)
What makes our generation so special, is that we have proven them all wrong. Generation X consists of those between the ages 13 and 33 years of age. We as a group have become the productive, interested, and hardworking individuals that we are today. We have grown to realize that the future’s undiscovered country is awaiting our arrival, and is there for the taking.
It isn’t at all ironic that during our short lives the world has seen so many changes. Through the work of our generation and the reactions of the Baby Boomers generation, we have helped turn this world into a new age of wisdom; a cut-the-crap, truth seeking generation, both richer and poorer because of it. Do not feel threatened, however, our future, our generations future, and the future of the human race, is in the hands of the most informed generation to date. Growing up in an ever shrinking world. X’ers mostly share an impatience with racism, greed, and ignorance (Lauren, p. 70). The common use of the computer opened the ever expanding horizons to the highways of the world throughout cyberspace.
Fact be known Gen X is neither white, nor rich, nor do they all live in a suburb near you. 70 percent of X’ers are white, while 13 percent are black, 12 percent Hispanic, 4 percent Asian, and 1 percent are Native American (Giles, p4). In addition, according to a recent survey conducted by the sociology department at the University of Maryland, Generation X’ers can now be classified by the term ‘Neat’ (Carnoy, p.80) Dr. John P. Robinson recently supervised a telephone survey and concluded that 57 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds said that having a neat and clean house was "very important" to them (Carnoy, p. 80). When compared to the Baby boomers, only 48 percent of the 30- to 49-year-olds felt the same way (Carnoy, p.80)
Examples proving that Generation X is not a bunch of ‘slackers’ are prevalent all through our society today. Swing, Might, Paper, Curio, and myriad other magazines are all published by X’ers, for X’ers. T.A.G. formally known as ‘The Alternative Group’ is after representation. " For too long our needs (Generation X) have gone ignored in our local, state, and national governments. In truth, we hope to be a grassroots lobbying force for our age group." (TAG, Objectives) Adam Werbach (23) is breathing new life into the Sierra club, America’s oldest, largest, and most middle aged environmental group. Thousands of X’ers are popping up all over the place, taking the reins of society and quietly changing America.
"Young People are less commited to their jobs now. My father started working for AT&T as soon as he graduated from college and he just retired last year, at 55, I don’t know anyone my age who is likely to have the same situation. These days, three or four years is the longest anyone stays at one company. People want more out of life than just a job. They want to be doing something they love, and they want to move up fast. It’s no longer a sign of weakness to leave a job after a short stint. Now, it shows that you’re ambitious." (Schiman, Swing)
"The Boring Twenties: Grow Up, Crybabies. You’re America’s Luckiest Generation." Headlined the Washington