Ers Ing Essay

Most of the X-ers who wrote see it as a slam on their generation... To see why the 60s was so special to the boomers, see our Sixties Section and the essays that accompany it.

For more population statistics on boomers and Gen-Xers, check our Boomer Stats page.

And he sings, "I got my lunchbox and I'm armed real well... But just how would you describe The Notorious BIG... More than one young visitor says he is "so yesterday." Let me then point to Eminem, in 2003, the nation's top selling rapper. Diddy and others by other rappers on the song: I'm the definition of, half man, half drugs Ask the clubs, Bad Boy - that's whassup." ... I do not see any that wished the president were dead; not even LBJ, who was sending our generation to the rice fields of Vietnam. I'm not being critical of the Xers; if you think that's my point, you're way off base.

Certainly he must be "so today." In a social protest song ("We as Americans"), he rants: I don't rap for dead presidents. It's never been said, but I set precedents and the standards and they can't stand it... We still here, you rockin wit the best Don't worry if I write rhymes, I write checks (ahh! Hand 'em a jock, hold 'em a glock (hahaha) Money to get (yeah), cars to flip (uhh) Bars to sit at and sip Cognac wit Jews that drink (c'mon). What I am saying is that there does not appear to be a whole lot of "social glue" that keeps them and the teens of today together.

But I remember that my parents encouraged me to do things to keep myself busy after school. School ended at , but I was in the band, or running track, or playing touch football, or working in the theater department nearly every day till dinnertime. And if I got home early, my parents always had things for me to do. Gen-Xer Marcos writes, "Yes our generation is teen violence, Marilyn Manson, Columbine, but we are the ones left alone at home while our two Baby Boomer parents have forgotten their 60s idealism and only want more wealth, power and prestige." How would you reply to that, friends?

Time in a Bottle In the sixties we all watched the same television shows, listened to the same news broadcasts, and followed the same baseball and football teams.Their idols are "so kewl" one day and nonexistent the next.Their positive role models on the national level are few and far between. But as a hint to what I am getting at here, my point goes beyond Gen-X.) I am not sure this should be left up to me. To add some depth to the definition, I'll try to compare the boomers to the X'ers and today's kids. (My comparisons often go beyond Gen-X and into today's youth. For more information on the definition of a baby boomer, see our What's a Boomer? My informal research indicates that people born at each end of this wide spectrum may not think of themselves as boomers. Sociologists and the media define those born between (and including) 19 as "baby boomers." There are about 75 million of us in the United States, now between the ages of 42 and 60.The writers of "Father Knows Best" and "I Love Lucy" felt they had a responsiblity for the message their work delivered.What responsibility do the writers of "Malcolm in the Middle" feel they have?At one time, we represented 40% of the population of the U. OK, but why does the next generation have to have a name? Oh well, I'm probably spitting into the wind here, aren't I?Can we even draw clear lines between one generation and the next? Do they have enough in common with each other and yet unique about their circumstances (as the baby boomers do) to warrant a defining name? I am just suggesting that it may not be fair to categorize and compare any other generation to the boomers, that's all. In the novel "Generation X," Douglas Coupland defined Generation X as "a group of people born between 19 typified by a college education, dissatisfaction with career opportunities, and pessimism." (So I guess you can be a baby boomer and a Gen-Xer at the same time. ) American Online had a forum for Gen X-er's, and even they can't make up their mind.

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