A dissenting viewpoint

I stumbled across this article yesterday.  I’ve heard our generation called lots of things over the years, but weak is a new one.  And it doesn’t seem to fit very well.  As far as labels go, “slacker” had more credibility than “weak” does.  We have more jobs right now than any of the other generations combined, that doesn’t sound weak.  We made Google, and most of the rest of the internet for that matter, that doesn’t sound weak either.  When we were kids we had stage-diving and mosh pits, while today the hipsters are…what, clapping their hands or something?  Even in what some might consider to be our least desirable attributes: divisiveness and cynicism, weak doesn’t seem like the best word to describe what’s going on.  The author uses politicians like Sarah Palin as an example of our generation’s weakness.  Believe me, I’ve heard many derogatory things about Sarah Palin over the past five years, but I don’t think weak was ever the word people chose to describe her.  Maybe you have to be a writer at the Washington Post to understand how our generation is weak.  But maybe there’s a better explanation for what the politics of our generation looks like.  I think I’ll have something to say about that next week.

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2 Responses to “A dissenting viewpoint”

  1. Thanks for the link. After reading the WaPo column, I thought it was written with a definite tone of tongue-in-cheek. I think perhaps you just misunderstood the self-deprecating humor. The columnist is making himself the butt of the joke.

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