Cynical, Self-Absorbed Assholes?

| January 20, 2003

If Marissa Kamin’s stereotypes of Generation X are true,then yesterday was too late for X-ers to get off their duffs andstart being proactive in the face of impending war anddesensitizing media overload. The Gen X mentality, Kamin writesin, has no room for patriotism or unity, both ofwhich would rob it of its claim to cynicism and independentthinking in the face of what it sees as an increasingly hyped-upmedia and an increasingly dumbed-down government.  But thereal reason Gen X doesn’t care, she argues, is that it isjust too self-absorbed – X-ers are “self-important,self-centered, self-indulged assholes,” to be precise. Butthat’s no reason not to rally for change. Kamin points notonly to a generational trend, but also to a national one. Maybeit’s time for all of us to put cynicism aside and starttrying to figure out what we really think – andfeel—about our country and where it’s heading.

-Heather Dewar

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