First Thing: Kill All the Boomers


| 4/14/2009 4:41:51 PM


Tags: Politics, Baby Boomers, This Magazine, generations,

The Baby Boomers were never bestowed the honor of being named the “Greatest Generation.” They got to witness the beginnings of the tech revolution, only to realize that an 11-year-old kid could do more with a computer than they would ever be able to. Now, in what should be their golden years, they’re being attacked. 

Writing for This Magazine, RM Vaughan takes a shot at the increasingly helpless Baby Boomers. He writes:

While I don't condone violence, I can condone a reasonable, humane culling of the aging herd. They don't have to actually die, just virtually pass away. And here's how: if you are a boomer, stop. Just stop. Stop working, stop acquiring, stop micro-managing your (and my) universe, stop sucking the life out of popular culture, stop going outdoors in those ghastly Crocs and Tilley Endurable hats, and, please, stop talking about how you're eventually going to stop and, instead, stop. Now.

A similar point was made by Joseph Hart in the September-October issue of Utne Reader, when he wrote:

They promised a revolution and boy did they deliver. Safety net: shredded. Social Security: squandered. Liberalism: perished. Fairness: forgotten. Great Society: whatever. Do I even need to mention climate change? AIDS? The Monkees? So now they want to pass on their wisdom to the rest of us. Uh-huh.

Poor Boomers. They just can’t get no satisfaction.

sarah _2
4/29/2009 2:08:25 PM

Boomers. Post boomers. Gen X'ers. There are negative stereotypes linked to all catch phrase age demographics and the cultural framework they create/exist within. I am the product of two baby boomers, and yet am not part of the Gen X bubble. Born in 1985, I'm lumped into the amorphous "Generation Y" demographic, charged with being spoiled, lazy and apathetic by our elders. Does that negativity explain an entire generation, who is quickly coming into their prime? I think not. The same goes Gen X children, and the Baby Boomers. Every generation has its fads, quirks, and makes its fair share of mistakes. This does not mean that we can write off large parts of our population, or trivialize their needs, concerns or changes in their ways of life as they age. We can't blame the problems of today's society on our parents, Generation X. Conversely, Boomers need to stop attacking "those damn kids" as the source of a civilization in decline. My advice to all: quit your bitching. Younger generations will get older too. Younger groups need to respect that. As for the holes in our social programs, politics, and the issue of our deteriorating environment: let's all work to find solutions. Otherwise, future generations (Gen Z and beyond) will be right in pointing their blame at all of us.


elizabeth carter
4/27/2009 6:59:20 PM

Just remember, if you want to know where the boomer population bubble came from, look no further than the "greatest generation," those bunnies!


tom hendricks
4/23/2009 10:38:41 PM

Here's one thing to remember when younger generations criticize us boomers - so why are you still playing our rock and roll (though a watered down version). If you don't like it - then don't like it so much. On the plus side. The younger generations did excel the boomers in their specific art form, literature - zines! that art form that still hasn't been recognized by the mainstream.


marisa
4/20/2009 11:47:15 AM

No, Mr. Brown. The internet was created by people that would most certainly NOT identify with the "boomer" demographic. i.e., people affiliated with the military. It's a crowning achievement...for humans. Not for baby boomers.


marisa
4/20/2009 11:46:37 AM

No, Mr. Brown. The internet was created by people that would most certainly NOT identify with the "boomer" demographic. i.e., people affiliated with the military. It's a crowning achievement...for humans. Not for baby boomers.


willie
4/19/2009 8:33:05 PM

Post Boomer kiddies are feeling their oats. That's good. Unfortunately, it's no contest when it come to skill, innovation, and intelligence when comparing the Boomers to the post boomers. The post boomers are a lost generation with no identity, little skill, and no heart. Without the Boomers, the post boomers are lost. Think Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. The post boomers are always good for a laugh. Nobody takes them seriously.


phil brown
4/19/2009 8:57:53 AM

As a "member" of either the Baby Boom or Generation X (the birth year of 1962 seems to be a swing year that is up for grabs by demographers), I find myself frequently frustrated by blithe repetition of the nostrum that kids these days know more about computers than their parents. Growing up with a technology does NOT equate to an understanding of it, even though the effect of that technology may be profound upon both the individual and society. Knowing how to drive a car does not make you an automotive engineer, and knowing how to use Google or Facebook does not make you a computer genius! Most people -- regardless of generation -- haven't a clue about how the internet actually works, and kids are often the most perilously naive about the implications of their actions with computers and the internet. The internet was invented by Boomers (Al Gore notwithstanding), and that legacy alone is a crowning achievement in both a technical and social sense.


phil brown
4/19/2009 8:57:18 AM

As a "member" of either the Baby Boom or Generation X (the birth year of 1962 seems to be a swing year that is up for grabs by demographers), I find myself frequently frustrated by blithe repetition of the nostrum that kids these days know more about computers than their parents. Growing up with a technology does NOT equate to an understanding of it, even though the effect of that technology may be profound upon both the individual and society. Knowing how to drive a car does not make you an automotive engineer, and knowing how to use Google or Facebook does not make you a computer genius! Most people -- regardless of generation -- haven't a clue about how the internet actually works, and kids are often the most perilously naive about the implications of their actions with computers and the internet. The internet was invented by Boomers (Al Gore notwithstanding), and that legacy alone is a crowning achievement in both a technical and social sense.


kit kellison
4/18/2009 12:37:32 PM

While it seems absurd that generalizations can be made of any person simply because they were born between the years of 1943 and 1962, I'd like to see more evidence that links the listed failures to the rise and fall of us baby boomers. If rock n roll, the defeat of the Bush empire, the rise of organic farming, greatest parity for women and minorities in the history of the United States aren't reason enough to celebrate your elders, you're not looking for anything on the positive side. If, however, you're afraid to identify yourself as a person for whom aging is the best possible outcome among the other choices, rage on. We've been there, and some of us will be waiting when you get here. Kit Kellison indie music venue owner/photographer/community garden provider/blues singer/virtual gallery curator/activist


kit kellison
4/18/2009 12:35:51 PM

While it seems absurd that generalizations can be made of any person simply because they were born between the years of 1943 and 1962, I'd like to see more evidence that links the listed failures to the rise and fall of us baby boomers. If rock n roll, the defeat of the Bush empire, the rise of organic farming, greatest parity for women and minorities in the history of the United States aren't reason enough to celebrate your elders, you're not looking for anything on the positive side. If, however, you're afraid to identify yourself as a person for whom aging is the best possible outcome among the other choices, rage on. We've been there, and some of us will be waiting when you get here. Kit Kellison indie music venue owner/photographer/community garden provider/blues singer/virtual gallery curator/activist