Against generation labeling

28 Mar

When I was a teenager one of the most irritating things adults would say was some version of “it’s up to you young people to solve the world’s problems.” I always wanted to respond “what, are you dead?”

Obviously some cohort effects exist, how else could you explain the Flynn Effect? But generation talk is often superficial stereotyping. We call one cohort, “The Greatest Generation.” Really? Everyone in the generation was great? Sure some of them fought in World War II, but some of them also caused the war.

In any event, I enjoyed watching Adam Conover eviscerate generational labeling:



Hat tip to BoingBoing

One Response to “Against generation labeling”

  1. Enrique Guerra-Pujol March 29, 2016 at 12:42 am #

    I am not alone … I have always been skeptical of “generation labeling” since each generation will consist of divergent subpopulations (e.g. not all Gen-Xers — my so-called “generation” cohort — are slackers)

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