Newsweek’s piece, “Are Millennials the Screwed Generation,” certainly reads like yet another apology by baby boomers for being so darned successful while leaving younger generations in a wake of debt and economic chaos.
Today’s youth, both here and abroad, have been screwed by their parents’ fiscal profligacy and economic mismanagement. Neil Howe, a leading generational theorist, cites the “greed, shortsightedness, and blind partisanship” of the boomers, of whom he is one, for having “brought the global economy to its knees.”
But while the numbers regarding employment, student debt and home ownership certainly are daunting, it seems as though boomers and millennials (at least those not marching in the “Occupy Guitarmy”) aren’t looking for a pity party, and they’re speaking up in response. While Newsweek did receive plenty of the “life is hard” anecdotes it seemed to be fishing for, it also uncovered something else.
— A. Brinkley (@AdrianBrinkley) July 17, 2012
I don't appreciate the defeatist thinking that goes along with this #generationscrewed thing. No one's going to hand you success.
— Arikia Millikan (@arikia) July 17, 2012
— itsRebecky (@ItsRebecky) July 17, 2012
Want to read tweets from bozos with an inflated sense of entitlement and ZERO historical perspective? Click: #GenerationScrewed
— Caleb Garling (@CalebGarling) July 17, 2012
I almost tweeted about being part of #GenerationScrewed. Then I stopped and started being awesome.
— Jamie Bull (@JamesonBull) July 17, 2012
— Tracy Sodd (@TracySodd) July 17, 2012
— Joe Heim (@JoeHeim) July 17, 2012
In Grad School for science and getting paid to be here. Know there will be a job when I graduate. #GenerationScrewed are those who dont plan
— Nick Sanchez (@NickESanchez) July 17, 2012
— Arash Shirazi (@arashshirazi) July 17, 2012
— lj (@ellejhill) July 17, 2012
— AmericaAdrift (@larry_author) July 17, 2012
— Emily Stewart (@erastewart) July 17, 2012
So what shall we call these young Americans? Generation Complainers? Generation Hope?
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) July 17, 2012