TIME’s new cover makes me so mad I could write essays about it, but instead I’m going to keep job hunting since in today’s world a university degree means nothing and therefore like much of my generation, I’m stuck choosing between minimum wage jobs and internships that I can’t afford to accept in an attempt to pay off my tens of thousands of dollars worth of student debt.
I’d be interested in reading this article to see exactly what makes us entitled and lazy. Are we lazy because more of us are completing high school and going to college than ever before? Are we entitled because our standard of living is declining? Do we live with our parents because we’re too slothful to leave or is because our education costs are getting steeper and steeper while we’re getting less and less aid?
Tell us, Time Magazine, about how we’re narcissistic little slugs when we’re faced with an economic crisis that resulted in a lowering of our standard of living, an increase in tuition costs and how when we get out of our very expensive schools, more and more of us are going to end up working minimum wage jobs.
I also want to note that it’s really frustrating that the face of “lazy, entitled narcissism” is a young woman.
Let’s blame ALL the victims of economic collapse instead of the people who actually caused it.
I receive TIME at my house, so I got to read the article. (Something to do when you’re about to criticize something XD) I like reading Joel Stein’s insights, even if in the end I disagree with him. I liked him on VH1, so xD
I pretty much hated this entire article. Only about maybe the last two paragraphs speak positively of the Millennials (and slings a line at the Baby Boomers gen, saying that they’re just jealous they didn’t get the tech we have earlier; pretty much saying they’re more narcisstic than Milleninals? I think that’s what he meant). One of the points he concluded —along with the rest of journalism society— that we are supposedly “the next Greatest Generation.” (YMMV)
Here’s one of the main problems with this article, or maybe the only one (again. YMMV). IT GENERALIZES AN ENTIRE GROUP based on “supposed” data.
Personally, when I think of a good article that’s talking about a group of (insert anything here), they tend to use “most” or “some”, or both. For example, if you’re writing about a group who indulges in sacrificing souls to the chocolate gods (hahaha), and you say “most do it because they think they’ll receive a lifetime supply of chocolate”, then that means that there are those who have a different reason for doing so — the “some” in the equation. There’s leeway for showing us, the reader, that not everyone in a group —duh— thinks the same way.
And that is something Joel Stein FORGOT how to write. Yes, there are Millennials who are self-absorbent, selfish, unsympathetic about others, etc. Maybe more so than in other generations. YMMV, but based on my experiences, more so and there are a lot of those kinds >:| Those who take gazillions of useless photos and talk about what underwear they’re wearing, despite the fact that probably only 0.1% of their friends care about that fact.
BUT GUESS WHAT? *LE GASP* There are those Millennials who are doing wonderful activities, helping out charities, giving help to those who need it, being kind to others, making new creative works, FOUNDING COMPANIES (the ones lucky enough to do so). Then there are the Millennials who are trying their best to just live and survive as the previous posters pointed out.
In other words, like any generation before them and after them — just with varying levels of each aspect of societal living.
Another issue of contention I had (because it hit home) was the fact that the ‘living with their parents’ is so bad that it needed to be said again on the cover. I might be mistaken but you know, there are some cultures where living with parents is not inherently a bad thing and not because ‘we are stuck in an adolescent stage’, as Stein awfully stated. In America it tends to be looked down upon but not in others. And of course, add the economic necessity of doing such an act in these times…
So yeah, that’s that.