Saturday, January 01, 2011

how many more milestones must we endure?

the biggest effect that the baby boomers have had on american society is that they have condemned the nation to spend decades reading articles based on the half-baked notion that a "generation" is a meaningful basis for cultural analysis.

sure, culture changes over time. and people born at different times end up growing up with different cultural imprints than the people who come before and after them. but the idea that these arbitrary 20 year divisions between "generations" is meaningful always seems
to rely a lot more on overdrawn stereotyped than anything real. i'm really hoping the trend dies off with the boomers. that way i will, at least briefly, live to see the day.