Some Thoughts on My Generation
Read a really great NY Mag piece recently, called “The Kids Are Actually Sort of Alright” that attempted to profile the generation I belong to, which I guess is like Generation Y or something, I don’t know what we’re called these days. And I thought the piece did an excellent job.
The writer, Noreen Malone, does her best to redeem us, as a generation, and I think she does it well. She smartly points out how desperate we are to accomplish something with our lives, not only professionally but, for many of us, artistically, and she shares how the digital age is making that possible.
She also has a beautiful point that the “Like” button on Facebook (our generation’s peace sign, if you will) is not a degeneration of language but rather a digital pat on the back, a way of our generation supporting each other as we put little bits of ourselves out there.
While my professional life in no way reflects the 80’s dogmatic pursuit of wealth at any cost, I have devised a Patrick Bateman-esque fitness routine with the goal of looking like a Calvin Klein model. Maybe gay Gen-Y is a different think piece…