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(Daily Mail)   Never mind the "millennials," studies show that "Generation Duckface" is even more shallow, entitled, spoiled and narcissistic   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 210
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2013-01-06 02:36:56 PM
I recently saw a "Certificate of Achievement" that was given to the student for "Following the rules." What they hades? We are now giving out awards for what should really be considered base line behavior? Every student in the class got some sort of award, and only a couple of them seemed to actually be worthwhile (such as perfect attendance or winning the spelling bee). It seems that the did not want to upset any of the children and instead of just rewarding those who deserved it they gave awards to every student in the class. Can this really be a good thing?
 
2013-01-06 02:37:20 PM
I imagine a big part of the drop in scores is the participation rate. Used to be only the "best" would go to colleges, so there were few that were not good enough to be there, and there was little incentive to separate the good from the bad in college. Now that 'less qualified' individuals are going, they drag the scores down.

Plus stuff like science has gotten much better. Who cares how pretty the writing is so long as it is competent and gets the point across.
 
2013-01-06 02:39:24 PM

TheBigJerk: I'm still trying to figure out how "Objective" and "writing ability" go together in a thought.


You slept through most of your English classes, didn't you.

/Seriously? There are rules of grammar, what makes people think there aren't rules of writing? Relative, yes, but there's enough consensus so you can discuss writing ability without 'art in the eye of the beholder' bullshiat.
//Sorry, this one just annoys me. Mostly because I have a lot of conversations where I water down the highly-technical writing problems I run into working on my book and people then feel the need to imply my job is 'so easy lol'.
 
2013-01-06 02:41:53 PM

BoothbyTCD: "The next generation is spoiled, and the one after that even more so!" said adults since always.

 
2013-01-06 02:46:27 PM

neongoats: I know a 22 year old who is constantly flying into a depression over the fact that she can't yet afford to buy her dream horse farm in the country.


I know a 26 year old that just bought a condo(she can actually afford it), because her mom told her-"you've graduated college, no more free living", and she has had the audacity to complain that her life has been harder than mine, when her parents payed for her entire college education, while mine kicked me out on the street at age 16(I was dating a member of the same gender-that was apparently horrific enough to render me homeless).

Yes how awful, you had to buy a one-bedroom condo, because you didn't have the downpayment for the two bedroom you wanted, that's so much worse than eating out of dumpsters, and sleeping on people's floors while trying to finish high school.
 
2013-01-06 02:46:45 PM
"Whut UVVUR! Everybody TOTALLY wants to put it IN meh and I have this wai kewl PHONE!" I wish I could be around to see this pack of sponges sitting in old age home, all trying to talk over each other with their stories of "that time that that one guy totally dissed me!" *snort* News? No. Interesting? Not really. That "Oh, look a car wreck!" vibe? Mos def.
 
2013-01-06 02:53:01 PM

Free Radical: Luca de Balzac: From TFA: "A 2006 study found that students suffer from 'ambition inflation' as their increased ambitions accompany increasingly unrealistic expectations.

"Since the 1960s and 1970s, when those expectations started to grow, there's been an increase in anxiety and depression,' Twenge said. 'There's going to be a lot more people who don't reach their goals.' "

BUT I CAN BE ANYTHING I SET YOUR MIND TO, MY PARENTS TOLD ME SO!
I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!


Of course you can.

But that doesn't necessarily mean you will. Things happen, stuff doesn't always go as planned, but that doesn't mean you never try.

/your parents told you the truth
 
2013-01-06 02:55:26 PM

TheBigJerk: I'm still trying to figure out how "Objective" and "writing ability" go together in a thought.


The objective part refers to the testing standards and writing ability is what the tests measure.
 
2013-01-06 02:55:31 PM

cuzsis: Free Radical: Luca de Balzac: From TFA: "A 2006 study found that students suffer from 'ambition inflation' as their increased ambitions accompany increasingly unrealistic expectations.

"Since the 1960s and 1970s, when those expectations started to grow, there's been an increase in anxiety and depression,' Twenge said. 'There's going to be a lot more people who don't reach their goals.' "

BUT I CAN BE ANYTHING I SET YOUR MIND TO, MY PARENTS TOLD ME SO!
I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Of course you can.

But that doesn't necessarily mean you will. Things happen, stuff doesn't always go as planned, but that doesn't mean you never try.

/your parents told you the truth


And yet, they get blamed when they try to reach their goals, instead of just getting a degree or a job that will work well with the current/future market.  I've heard many on fark call them stupid for daring to do something other than what the market desires.
 
2013-01-06 02:59:14 PM

Watching_Epoxy_Cure: CodeMonkey4Life: AliceBToklasLives: This just in: Young people are selfish, lazy, and annoying.

/except when I was young
//we were all responsible, respectful, and shiat

You can't be my age because we weren't just selfish, lazy, and annoying, we were also drunken, irresponsible and destructive.
Or maybe that was just me and the people like me I hung out with, YMMV ;)

You must be my generation--we spent most of our free time, doing drugs, looking for drugs and breaking things...


Yes, usually all at the same time!
 
2013-01-06 03:02:24 PM
The NEA is doing to America's children what the UAW did to America's automobile manufacturing. Thanks!
 
2013-01-06 03:05:24 PM

technofiend: TomD9938: technofiend: You forgot cutting in line and expecting everyone to move out of their way to make room for them. I have left more than one millenial or duckface or whatever very disappointed that I would not give up my hard won spot at the front of a general admission concert. Forget giving you personal space, these are people who actually push up against you and expect you to move.

I had that happen a couple of years back in a ski-lift line.

This kid was on a snow-board (of course) and was crowding my daughter and I, getting on top of the back of our skis and basically bieng a shiat.

So I raised my pole over his shiny board like a dagger and gave him a look he surely never had received before.

To his credit, he backed off and scurried to the next lift line in that graceless manner that boarders are known for.

Ah, yes... snowboarders.

Q: How does a snowboarder say good morning?
A: Woops, sorrry dude.


Smug 2 planker wanker talk...

/does both
 
2013-01-06 03:07:02 PM

LegoLewdite: To everyone who finds people more "entitled" today than previous decades/generations, how do you square the circle of competitive GDP in a climate of record unemployment?


Ha. You don't. You don't even think about it in those egghead libby-lib terms. You keep it to the individual and the work ethic you grew up with, and you blame the victim.

Or the increasing polarization of wealth and social inequality since the 70s... Seems to me people are getting by on less than ever...

If you grew up around people who remembered the 1930s, you give less than no farks about the problems of people today. The modern world is paradise, and those who are not measuring up have only themselves to blame.
 
2013-01-06 03:07:12 PM
Uh, teens and young adults are dumb. Nothing new there.
 
2013-01-06 03:16:36 PM
This is how many give-a-damns I have:

0
 
2013-01-06 03:17:03 PM

PonceAlyosha: Luca de Balzac: From TFA: "A 2006 study found that students suffer from 'ambition inflation' as their increased ambitions accompany increasingly unrealistic expectations.

That's the opposite of what I've seen, being a member of that-ish age group. Everyone I know just wants a freaking steady wage, a nice place to sleep, maybe some pot and beer and to not have to waste our time on useless farking shiat like wars.


Do you know what level of privilege is represented by even that seemingly unselfish existence? Even in the history of this country you'd be in the 1% of the 1%. Even without a second pair of levi's or ten bucks in the bank.

You're asking that your life be your own without paying the price to society. And no, you can't work off the debt by volunteering or co-opping or any such hipsterism. You have to earn your lifestyle through the market. Our society is a market society and our morality is a market morality. If it weren't, you couldn't even dream of that unassuming, low-impact lifestyle you want.

Earn it. Generate surplus value so others may profit. Don't presume to change the system until you've become part of it.

/OK, I'm trolling. But I'd like to hear your best argument back.
 
2013-01-06 03:18:31 PM
Are you telling me that teenagers are inconsiderate, selfish and entitled bags of hormones incapable of thinking beyond their immediate needs and impulses?

I am SHOCKED!!! That's NEVER happened before!!!

Seriously, I'm not a fan of teenagers, I didn't like them even when I was one of them, but it comes a time when the previous generations have to look themselves in the mirror and think about their part in the mess.

Kids just don't come up with values, ethics and world views ingrained in their brains from birth and then choose to not follow them just because. Adults are the ones supposed to teach those things and lead by example.

A friend (married and with a kid) of mine told me once that people do one of 2 things when comes to parenting: Either do exactly as their parents did, or completely the opposite... that makes me thing how much of the so vilified "EVERYBODY is special" culture is derived of the previous generation lack of sense of worth? Seems to be that today's parents aren't satisfied with their own relationship with THEIR parents, so that projects on their own parenting skills and attitudes.

I'm not saying that the kids are a-OK... Just wondering how much is our own fault as environment.
 
2013-01-06 03:19:00 PM
I debated which of my folders was best for the bookmark of his page and decided that my "Apocalypse Cow" folder under Entertainment was propably better than any of my Humanities folders or my Politics folder.

I take the common sense position that each generation is very much like every other generation, except they are a different age and in a different position on the learning curve of life. This explains why every generation has made exactly the same complaints about their youngers and their elders. It is simply not possible for every generation to be worse or better than the last, so a lot of these fears and recriminations have to be, on the whole, wrong.

My parents, who were born in the Great Depressiion and grew up during World War II and its revolutionary aftermath, complain that kids nowadays expect to have everything their parents and grandparents had from the get-go, without paying the dues and doing the time to acquire all the luxuries of comfortable middle and old age. They do, perhaps, but I expect the complaint could easily have been made about any generation since my ancestors carved crude farmland out of the forest primeval. In the 1920s, the bright young things were furnishing utility apartments on the newly invented credit. More frugal and conservative young people were buying everything on the layaway plan, which seems to be as dead as the typewriter and the black Bakelite telephones of the 1940s. Their parents and grandparents (who were much rarer in those days) no doubt felt that the kids were expecting to be handed life on a German Silver(TM) platter, with a cocktail shaker plated with real silver. They were right. My parents are right. Socrates was right. The kids nowadays are not what their parents are or were. They start from a different springboard, perhaps higher, perhaps lower.

I envy the real Baby Boomers the ease with which they walked into jobs and home ownership and many things which became unattainable simply because of demographic and economic trends that were really nobody's fault and everybody's fault. But they did spend mightily to give their own children many new toys that they never had and that their parents have never really understood or wanted. The next generation may have been latch-key kids, but it was for the same reason that many of the Boomers did not have both parents around at any given time--they were out paying for all the stuff bought on credit, including the mortgage and the BMW leases.

In short, plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. You take the bad, you take the good, the Facts of Life, the Facts of Life. God that was a dumb show.

I always say that being born in New Brunswick, Canada, I grew up in at least three or four centuries (XVII, XVII, XVIII, and XXth). In some ways the customs and the lifestyles and values and beliefs of my family, friends, close personal enemies, and neighbours partook of different generations and ages all the way from the pioneers to the jetsetters and beyond. Sometimes I saw or even did things that died out elsewhere hundreds of years ago in the UK, the US or even the rest of Canada.

This experience has made me a sort of outsider everywhere and at all times, but also able to understand and empathize with people in wildly different situations from my own. It has made me marginal but also able to laugh at and love people who hate each other deeply, sincerely and sometimes wisely.

Meh. The kids are alright, I suppose.

It is true though that high expectations are dangerous and damaging. My youngest niece attempted suicide recently. I don't know all of what she has been through but she is smart, pretty, well-off and a decent girl with some of the faults of her Mother and Father--perhaps partly inherited as well as learned. I worry about her but can not do much to help as a distant uncle. She is part of this post-Millennnial generation but there were girls like her in the 1950s let alone the 1960s and so forth. God help her, if there is a God. Otherwise we all have to do the best we can to fill the void left by Divine Providence and Nobodaddy in the Sky.

Oddly enough, my nephew, who is the most-farked-up of the lot is the only one who buys me Christmas presents in return for my generous offerings, and he's not half bad at buying something fun and useless, like his uncle.

My oldest niece has a new tattoo on her arm, which comes as a surprise to all of us, since she seems to be the quiet and sensible one who reads a lot of books like her uncle, but meh. It's been so long since tattoos were for rebels and carnies and sailors that my father's navy tattoo is unreckonizable. It's a ship but I had entirely forgotten about the rose and you can't tell what it is from looking at it.

There's a guy who wrote about book about generations who claims that generations arise in a cycle (partly driven by rebellion against the success and failures, values and obsessions of their parents and grandparents). I think I should see if I can look his theory up and see how well he is doing now that we have a couple more generations to work with.

God help us all. Folly is at least as big a part of life as forethought and action.

Such as he roared at dawn's creation, so roars he now.--John Milton
 
2013-01-06 03:21:29 PM
.. according to study from My Dad Fought In The War Institute
 
2013-01-06 03:25:29 PM

jso2897: "Generation" = granfalloon.


Well, thanks Grandpa. Now the kids have to read another old book.

But I agree. Generations are granfalloons, and the sooner you realize it, the sooner you can stop whinging about those that came before and those that come after yours. And yours. I really, really find my own generation annoying. In fact, I spent most of my life playing with the big kids (Baby Boomers) or with the little kids who grew up after me (the third Generation X, my own generaton being the second Generation X, and the Baby Boomers being the original Generation X in the 1950s).

Not only are generations Granfalloons, they are marketing tools and inventions. Beware the market man! He is trying to sell you. And to sell stuff to you.

That's one thing my generation and the generations before and after me got from MAD magazine and other satirists of the 1940s and 1950s. A healthy skepticism and contempt for attempts to sell us things we don't want and don't need. Not that we don't buy any thing, but we are a hard sell.
 
2013-01-06 03:28:03 PM

DarkPascual: how much of the so vilified "EVERYBODY is special" culture is derived of the previous generation lack of sense of worth? Seems to be that today's parents aren't satisfied with their own relationship with THEIR parents, so that projects on their own parenting skills and attitudes.


Um, dude? We don't talk about that. We're not that intelligent, and we're too goddam busy making a living, and moral values and stuff and um, we don't talk about that because we just don't.
 
2013-01-06 03:29:17 PM
Tell me folks? Do you say that most really successful people didn't take short cuts or sell themselves hard at first even though they probably weren't qualified at the start? Isn't most of success really "fake it till you make it"?
 
2013-01-06 03:31:23 PM

mrlewish: Tell me folks? Do you say that most really successful people didn't take short cuts or sell themselves hard at first even though they probably weren't qualified at the start? Isn't most of success really "fake it till you make it"?


Hard sell qualifies as hard work. Finding ways around the system doesn't.
 
2013-01-06 03:31:29 PM
I must be lucky, or doing something right. I have five kids - 26, 20, 18, 11, 9. Not a single self entitled twat. This is how we have raised them:You want it, you work for it. World owes you nothing. Don't like society? Me neither, that's why I work from within it to improve it. Respect other people of you wish to be respected, but not everyone is worthy of your respect. Be a good person, not a shiate. Luck is random, and life is not fair. Who told you to expect fair? Because I said so is perfectly valid while we pay the bills, but we will debate it reasonably if you don't turn into whiny brat. Do not treat me like an idiot if you don't want to be treated as an idiot. A family is a team of people - we work together, we can fight each other, but these are the people who will always have your back, so do not shiate in your own nest. Also, fun is a damn good thing, but so is the satisfaction of working hard at what you love. It took me thirty years before I had worked hard enough to have the luxury of working at what I love, things often have to be earnt. Then they are valued. What gets given has less value. And always apologize if genuinely in the wrong, and once sorry is said and meant, it is over. No grudges held. And we love you deeply - but there is no rule that says we have to like everything you do. We will always be here to support you, but we will tell you if we think t is wrong. You can then make your own mistakes. Anything between consenting adults, fine. Good manners are the social lubricant, apply freely and frequently and things run more smoothly. Even more important to apply it to your own family.It is pretty simple to be a parent. Raise kids you will like as adults. I lucked out. Damn fine, smart kids. And that damn expression is known fondly here as 'cat bum face'.
 
2013-01-06 03:32:31 PM
loopedblog.files.wordpress.com: just because I got around?
 
2013-01-06 03:33:38 PM

mrlewish: Tell me folks? Do you say that most really successful people didn't take short cuts or sell themselves hard at first even though they probably weren't qualified at the start? Isn't most of success really "fake it till you make it"?


You're absolutely right. The reason most people succeed can be printed on a bumper sticker or chanted at an AA meeting.
 
2013-01-06 03:35:38 PM

david_gaithersburg: Job security for my generation.


Came here to say this.
 
2013-01-06 03:37:51 PM

Need a Dispenser Here: Smug 2 planker wanker talk...

/does both


Dude,

If I had *two* planks, the wanking would never end. My God, one is enough.

/I too snowboarded some, at least until I swapped to visiting Colorado in the summer and river rafting instead.
//Couldn't pass up the joke, either way.
 
2013-01-06 03:38:31 PM

red5ish: mrlewish: Tell me folks? Do you say that most really successful people didn't take short cuts or sell themselves hard at first even though they probably weren't qualified at the start? Isn't most of success really "fake it till you make it"?

You're absolutely right. The reason most people succeed can be printed on a bumper sticker or chanted at an AA meeting.


The world treats people with simple views a lot better than it does people who try to understand it.
 
2013-01-06 03:42:05 PM

joonyer: You, the sock, and a Farah Fawcett poster? Yeah, I had real things to do too.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-06 03:43:46 PM
good luck finding work

the generation behind you is already farked
never mind yours
 
2013-01-06 03:46:24 PM

timelady: I must be lucky, or doing something right. I have five kids - 26, 20, 18, 11, 9. Not a single self entitled twat. This is how we have raised them:You want it, you work for it. World owes you nothing. Don't like society? Me neither, that's why I work from within it to improve it. Respect other people of you wish to be respected, but not everyone is worthy of your respect. Be a good person, not a shiate. Luck is random, and life is not fair. Who told you to expect fair? Because I said so is perfectly valid while we pay the bills, but we will debate it reasonably if you don't turn into whiny brat. Do not treat me like an idiot if you don't want to be treated as an idiot. A family is a team of people - we work together, we can fight each other, but these are the people who will always have your back, so do not shiate in your own nest. Also, fun is a damn good thing, but so is the satisfaction of working hard at what you love. It took me thirty years before I had worked hard enough to have the luxury of working at what I love, things often have to be earnt. Then they are valued. What gets given has less value. And always apologize if genuinely in the wrong, and once sorry is said and meant, it is over. No grudges held. And we love you deeply - but there is no rule that says we have to like everything you do. We will always be here to support you, but we will tell you if we think t is wrong. You can then make your own mistakes. Anything between consenting adults, fine. Good manners are the social lubricant, apply freely and frequently and things run more smoothly. Even more important to apply it to your own family.It is pretty simple to be a parent. Raise kids you will like as adults. I lucked out. Damn fine, smart kids. And that damn expression is known fondly here as 'cat bum face'.


Did you teach them to use paragraphs or any kind of formatting? "Don't make the same mistakes I did, kids..."
 
2013-01-06 03:47:45 PM

i upped my meds-up yours: The world treats people with simple views a lot better than it does people who try to understand it.


and dumb people are happier. Since I've given up ever being happy or fulfilled, now I wish I was dumber.

/I don't really, but damn, it would make some things easier.
 
2013-01-06 03:47:59 PM

i upped my meds-up yours: The world treats people with simple views a lot better than it does people who try to understand it.


coachotis.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-01-06 03:56:19 PM

S.A.S.Q.U.A.T.C.H.: Who would have though getting 10,000 likes & compliments on a year on Facebook would spoil our teenage girls? You can't expect girls to be humble when EVERYONE tells them how beautiful they look.


You know how I know you didn't read TFA?
 
2013-01-06 03:56:41 PM

i upped my meds-up yours: red5ish: mrlewish: Tell me folks? Do you say that most really successful people didn't take short cuts or sell themselves hard at first even though they probably weren't qualified at the start? Isn't most of success really "fake it till you make it"?

You're absolutely right. The reason most people succeed can be printed on a bumper sticker or chanted at an AA meeting.

The world treats people with simple views a lot better than it does people who try to understand it.


Don't care, still getting a physics PhD, screw you.
 
2013-01-06 03:59:46 PM
There's a theory that times change.

Not really.

Technology changes. And the effect that those technologies will have on the zeitgeist to come and how our offspring will view, utilize and weave it into their mythology are well thought out by the people who pay to create and develop it.

People don't change much. Just the tools and the toys and the definition of "normal" that we ascribe to their use.
 
2013-01-06 04:05:45 PM
Don't hang around youngsters.
 
2013-01-06 04:07:15 PM
In high school they made us read this book about the decline of society, specifically referring to teenagers. It was all blamed on the change of technology making life easier and allowing teens to be more independent. Inventions such as the car were noted as being a major shift in teenagers due to them being able to go out on their own without parental supervision. Television was as well because now the kids were exposed to new information, world views, and lifestyles that might have opposed their parents. Then it discussed the popularization and glorification of rock stars and the introduction of mass marketing to the younger generation. There was a shift that occurred when businesses realized they could market to teenagers and make a lot of money whereas before businesses only marketed towards adults since they were the ones that made the money.

Of course one could always make the argument that it occurred during Queen Victoria's reign when the culture shifted towards seeing children as children and there was a major push towards putting in child labor laws. Thus the concept of a childhood was created as before they were just seen as little adults and expected to behave as such.

Meh, it's all interesting speculative stuff. I'm sure that every advancement in technology makes it worse or perhaps the same level of narcissism as the previous generation only in different ways.
 
2013-01-06 04:27:09 PM

PillsHere: There was a shift that occurred when businesses realized they could market to teenagers and make a lot of money whereas before businesses only marketed towards adults since they were the ones that made the money.


There is now an entire industry devoted to marketing only to children. It is how the fast food industry took over the country--they realized that selling kids things was an untapped market, and they went after it. Now, I am not a marketing person, and I hate it all with a passion, but think about the ideas that go into marketing and advertising--either convincing a person that they will be a better person if they use this product, or telling someone that they aren't worth a damn unless they have a certain product. And the overall message is "you deserve all of this, you should have it, and without it, you are a lesser person."

So marketing both tells everyone that they are soooo special, they deserve everything, AND that they aren't worth a crap because they don't have enough. Since you never get to the end of "having enough," this message, from cradle to grave, is a great way to create people who will never be happy with what they have and who they are, and also convince them that being self-centered--in order to gain the rich material possessions that will finally make them happy--is the only way to go.

It is an entirely farked-up message, and we wallow in it 24 hours a day. And if you think that advertising and our "American dream" way of life hasn't changed the way you think, I think you'd be wrong. It is designed to change the way we think. And advertisers don't give a fark whether that change is good or bad, just that we consume their products.
 
2013-01-06 04:31:20 PM

cryinoutloud: There is now an entire industry devoted to marketing only to children. It is how the fast food industry took over the country--they realized that selling kids things was an untapped market, and they went after it. Now, I am not a marketing person, and I hate it all with a passion, but think about the ideas that go into marketing and advertising--either convincing a person that they will be a better person if they use this product, or telling someone that they aren't worth a damn unless they have a certain product. And the overall message is "you deserve all of this, you should have it, and without it, you are a lesser person."

So marketing both tells everyone that they are soooo special, they deserve everything, AND that they aren't worth a crap because they don't have enough. Since you never get to the end of "having enough," this message, from cradle to grave, is a great way to create people who will never be happy with what they have and who they are, and also convince them that being self-centered--in order to gain the rich material possessions that will finally make them happy--is the only way to go.

It is an entirely farked-up message, and we wallow in it 24 hours a day. And if you think that advertising and our "American dream" way of life hasn't changed the way you think, I think you'd be wrong. It is designed to change the way we think. And advertisers don't give a fark whether that change is good or bad, just that we consume their products.


You have just successfully delineated the precise metrics of most of western culture and it's both tidy and terrible. Well done.
 
2013-01-06 04:36:35 PM

Felgraf: Moreso than the boomers? I find this difficult to believe.


The flies don't hover far from the feces.
 
2013-01-06 04:42:21 PM

miss diminutive: So wait, expecting to earn $80,000 in my first job out of university was unrealistic? Why then did everyone tell me I was a special snowflake who could accomplish anything I set my mind to?

WHY THEY LIE? WHY?


This. Gets right down to the cause and effect of it all.
 
2013-01-06 04:43:04 PM

cryinoutloud: PillsHere: There was a shift that occurred when businesses realized they could market to teenagers and make a lot of money whereas before businesses only marketed towards adults since they were the ones that made the money.

There is now an entire industry devoted to marketing only to children. It is how the fast food industry took over the country--they realized that selling kids things was an untapped market, and they went after it. Now, I am not a marketing person, and I hate it all with a passion, but think about the ideas that go into marketing and advertising--either convincing a person that they will be a better person if they use this product, or telling someone that they aren't worth a damn unless they have a certain product. And the overall message is "you deserve all of this, you should have it, and without it, you are a lesser person."

So marketing both tells everyone that they are soooo special, they deserve everything, AND that they aren't worth a crap because they don't have enough. Since you never get to the end of "having enough," this message, from cradle to grave, is a great way to create people who will never be happy with what they have and who they are, and also convince them that being self-centered--in order to gain the rich material possessions that will finally make them happy--is the only way to go.

It is an entirely farked-up message, and we wallow in it 24 hours a day. And if you think that advertising and our "American dream" way of life hasn't changed the way you think, I think you'd be wrong. It is designed to change the way we think. And advertisers don't give a fark whether that change is good or bad, just that we consume their products.


Or, just don't watch so much advertising. Problem solved.
 
2013-01-06 04:52:28 PM

SDRR: Watching_Epoxy_Cure: CodeMonkey4Life: AliceBToklasLives: This just in: Young people are selfish, lazy, and annoying.

/except when I was young
//we were all responsible, respectful, and shiat

You can't be my age because we weren't just selfish, lazy, and annoying, we were also drunken, irresponsible and destructive.
Or maybe that was just me and the people like me I hung out with, YMMV ;)

You must be my generation--we spent most of our free time, doing drugs, looking for drugs and breaking things...

Yes, usually all at the same time!


Willfully destructive, in my case, explosively.
 
2013-01-06 04:55:18 PM
If, as the article suggests, this leads to more depressed people, it could be a good thing for the music industry.
 
2013-01-06 04:55:28 PM
Are you trying to tell me kids don't know how the world works? Because if that's what you're selling, buster, I ain't buying it. Every teenager and 20-something I've ever met knows everything about everything. If they fail, it's because somebody else isn't playing by the rules.
 
2013-01-06 05:09:50 PM

Oh_Enough_Already: [leadingfromtheheart.org image 600x338]

Their parents have done them no favors.


This times eleventy.
 
2013-01-06 05:15:38 PM

BlaqueKatt: neongoats: I know a 22 year old who is constantly flying into a depression over the fact that she can't yet afford to buy her dream horse farm in the country.

I know a 26 year old that just bought a condo(she can actually afford it), because her mom told her-"you've graduated college, no more free living", and she has had the audacity to complain that her life has been harder than mine, when her parents payed for her entire college education, while mine kicked me out on the street at age 16(I was dating a member of the same gender-that was apparently horrific enough to render me homeless).

Yes how awful, you had to buy a one-bedroom condo, because you didn't have the downpayment for the two bedroom you wanted, that's so much worse than eating out of dumpsters, and sleeping on people's floors while trying to finish high school.


Yes, how awful, because you couldn't figure out how to take care of yourself without resorting to dumpster diving. I bet you let your parents punish you as a child too, way to go.
 
2013-01-06 05:19:03 PM

technofiend: You forgot cutting in line and expecting everyone to move out of their way to make room for them. I have left more than one millenial or duckface or whatever very disappointed that I would not give up my hard won spot at the front of a general admission concert. Forget giving you personal space, these are people who actually push up against you and expect you to move.


It happened to me at LAX, this biatch walked right up against me at Baggage Claim and expected me to move out of her way. She could have much more easily just gone to the other side of me and retrieved her bags from the unoccupied forty feet of conveyor.
 
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