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2013-04-01 10:51:46 AM  
I hate to break this to y'all, but Gen X pretty much got the shaft coming up in schools. We still had corporal punishment, we missed out on the political correctness crap, and we got to watch education dollars be pissed away at an alarming rate. On the up side, we had real sex ed that included contraception as well as folks telling us, "IF YOU HAVE SEX, UNPROTECTED, YOU WILL GET AIDS AND DIE!" And oddly enough, many of us had drills for what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. Which might explain why we threw money at Rollins and The Circle Jerks...
 
2013-04-01 11:01:38 AM  
"I don't know what's worse....being blown up in a nuclear war or having a 7-11 on every corner."
 
2013-04-01 11:03:27 AM  
If Gen X gave ourselves trophies, it's because Mom and Dad were still at work when we got home from school everyday and so we had to take care of everything ourselves.
 
2013-04-01 11:04:56 AM  
There is not an original thought in that entire editorial.
 
2013-04-01 11:05:24 AM  
As much as people make fun of them, Gen X actually has the potential to be far more effective leaders than the boomers. Even Gen Y has a small but distinct faction of solid leaders. Not all kids grew up in coddled suburban helicopter enclaves, and those that didn't actually stand out in even more contrast because of it.
 
Now, Generation Duckface looks to be a complete wash. 
I am not sure there is any salvaging even parts of it, but Gen X should shake things up even more effectively than the boomers ever did, and not all of Gen Y is a loss.
 
2013-04-01 11:06:42 AM  

hubiestubert: I hate to break this to y'all, but Gen X pretty much got the shaft coming up in schools. We still had corporal punishment, we missed out on the political correctness crap, and we got to watch education dollars be pissed away at an alarming rate. On the up side, we had real sex ed that included contraception as well as folks telling us, "IF YOU HAVE SEX, UNPROTECTED, YOU WILL GET AIDS AND DIE!" And oddly enough, many of us had drills for what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. Which might explain why we threw money at Rollins and The Circle Jerks...


Hmmm I'm not sure which generation or whatever I fit into,I was born in 1989, but almost everything you mentioned was the same when I was going to school,except the political correctness kept us from reading Huckleberry Finn.
 
2013-04-01 11:06:49 AM  
People didn't navel-gaze about generations before market segmentation.  Thing really got going when marketers realized you could use a Woodstock/JFK/Vietnam montage to sell just about anything to people born in the 1950s.  And there are a lot of those people.
 
2013-04-01 11:08:58 AM  
uh... was there a point to that article? There was big set up and then... nothing.
 
Guess I'll have to finish MYSELF off.
 
*zzzziiip*
 
Thanks Obama.
 
2013-04-01 11:09:19 AM  
A Terrible Human:

except the political correctness kept us from reading Huckleberry Finn.

86' here, glad to see I made it through high school before that one hit.
 
2013-04-01 11:09:33 AM  

hubiestubert: I hate to break this to y'all, but Gen X pretty much got the shaft coming up in schools. We still had corporal punishment, we missed out on the political correctness crap, and we got to watch education dollars be pissed away at an alarming rate. On the up side, we had real sex ed that included contraception as well as folks telling us, "IF YOU HAVE SEX, UNPROTECTED, YOU WILL GET AIDS AND DIE!" And oddly enough, many of us had drills for what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. Which might explain why we threw money at Rollins and The Circle Jerks...

 
True, I remember air raid siren drills. I grew up near the Dorval (now Trudeau) airport. I also recall F-18s taking off from there. It was the tail end of the paranoia by then though.
 
2013-04-01 11:09:47 AM  
At least we never have to hear about Vietnam again.
 
2013-04-01 11:10:33 AM  

lousyskater: A Terrible Human:

except the political correctness kept us from reading Huckleberry Finn.

86' here, glad to see I made it through high school before that one hit.


'88 and we sho' nuff got to read Huck Finn, yessah.
 
2013-04-01 11:11:58 AM  

Disposable Rob: At least we never have to hear about Vietnam again.

 
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2013-04-01 11:12:24 AM  

CliChe Guevara: As much as people make fun of them, Gen X actually has the potential to be far more effective leaders than the boomers. Even Gen Y has a small but distinct faction of solid leaders. Not all kids grew up in coddled suburban helicopter enclaves, and those that didn't actually stand out in even more contrast because of it.
 
Now, Generation Duckface looks to be a complete wash. 
I am not sure there is any salvaging even parts of it, but Gen X should shake things up even more effectively than the boomers ever did, and not all of Gen Y is a loss.

 
Gen X has that whole "We converted the old economy to an information economy and invented all of the toys that the Millennials now claim as their own" thing going for them.  That said, as much as I poke the Millennials, I think they'll be ok.  They'll just have to wait their turn.
 
2013-04-01 11:12:41 AM  
Gen X & Y running things???  Why is the SCARY tag not used?
 
2013-04-01 11:13:11 AM  

hubiestubert: On the up side, we had real sex ed that included contraception

 
Sophomore year in whatever class sex ed was a part of, we got:
 
condoms and detailed instructions on how to use them
 
a bottle of foam spermicide to pass around, everyone had to squirt some on their fingers, again with detailed instructions on usage
 
and other lovely details on the basics of sex.
 
Oh, and this was a co-ed class.
 
2013-04-01 11:13:15 AM  
Whatever they're doing, pushing for student loan forgiveness can't come soon enough.
 
 
/restructured my budgeting finances over the weekend
//there's a light at the end of the tunnel, but it's still a long ways off
 
2013-04-01 11:15:17 AM  

WhiskeySticks: Whatever they're doing, pushing for student loan forgiveness can't come soon enough.
 
 
/restructured my budgeting finances over the weekend
//there's a light at the end of the tunnel, but it's still a long ways off


Pipe dream. I wouldn't mind it if it happened, but pipe dream.
 
2013-04-01 11:15:34 AM  

Disposable Rob: At least we never have to hear about Vietnam again.


Yup.  I'm an older genXer, and Vietnam is in no way part of my experience.  I suspect that it is one of the reasons that the Bush/Kerry election went so weird:  It somehow became a referendum on vietnam, and a pretty big part of the voting public consider that whole rotten kettle 'o fish to be ancient history.
 
2013-04-01 11:17:22 AM  

hubiestubert: I hate to break this to y'all, but Gen X pretty much got the shaft coming up in schools. We still had corporal punishment, we missed out on the political correctness crap, and we got to watch education dollars be pissed away at an alarming rate. On the up side, we had real sex ed that included contraception as well as folks telling us, "IF YOU HAVE SEX, UNPROTECTED, YOU WILL GET AIDS AND DIE!" And oddly enough, many of us had drills for what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. Which might explain why we threw money at Rollins and The Circle Jerks...


Thanks baby boomers for screwing everything up.  In the 60's, 70's and early 80's you guys  farked your brains out and did all sorts of drugs. Then when it's our turn it's all about complete  abstinence. (Good God did the late 80's/early 90's suck for sex or what?)
 
Now you baby boomers are going to wipe out Social Security so by them time we get to retirement age, there won't be anything left and we won't even get what we put in.
 
/Bitter Gen-X
 
2013-04-01 11:17:44 AM  
As a Gen X-er, who heard all the rosy promises about a wide open job market, only to see the boomers refuse to leave the marketplace, and the few jobs becoming available being passed over Gen X's heads and directly to the precious little snowflakes, I absolutely love the idea of giving them trophies.
 
 In fact, I'll get right on that.
 
2013-04-01 11:18:09 AM  

lousyskater: A Terrible Human:

 
except the political correctness kept us from reading Huckleberry Finn.
 
86' here, glad to see I made it through high school before that one hit.
 
It's very sad that there were no public libraries where you grew up.
 
2013-04-01 11:19:15 AM  
Mentat

If Gen X gave ourselves trophies, it's because Mom and Dad were still at work when we got home from school everyday and so we had to take care of everything ourselves.

As cynical as it is, this statement is so goddnmned true.

The term "latchkey" kid doesn't really exist anymore because parents are suppose to have child care until kids are 12 or some shiat now or you are a negligent parent.
 
2013-04-01 11:19:27 AM  
At least now, brown Republicans have a chance of being elected President.

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2013-04-01 11:20:32 AM  
As a Gen X'er, I'm repulsed by the idea that someone might even equate us with the whiny ass, participation trophy having, "I'm entitled to an iPhone and full data plan so raise taxes to give me one" biatches that comprise Gen Y.  We were too busy working shiat jobs with huge hours and no living wage to pay our dues so we could have a shot at making it in life ... we didn't have time to sit around a coffee shop perfect our ironic vintage wardrobe and complaining about how our mom only loaded $50 on our itunes account to spend on tv shows that we were too lazy to catch for free when they originally aired.  I can't even imagine my younger cousins sucking it and doing without cable for the first t years of their work life like my wife and I did, just so we could make our loan payments
 
2013-04-01 11:20:34 AM  
pitchyourtalent.files.wordpress.com
 
/pretty much this..
 
2013-04-01 11:21:31 AM  

fireclown: Disposable Rob: At least we never have to hear about Vietnam again.

Yup.  I'm an older genXer, and Vietnam is in no way part of my experience.  I suspect that it is one of the reasons that the Bush/Kerry election went so weird:  It somehow became a referendum on vietnam, and a pretty big part of the voting public consider that whole rotten kettle 'o fish to be ancient history.


People were very afraid that Iraq would turn out like Vietnam if Kerry was elected.
 
2013-04-01 11:23:19 AM  
Too bad the previous generations seem intent on sucking America dry and leave its dessicated husk to the rest of us.
 
2013-04-01 11:25:03 AM  

A Terrible Human: hubiestubert: I hate to break this to y'all, but Gen X pretty much got the shaft coming up in schools. We still had corporal punishment, we missed out on the political correctness crap, and we got to watch education dollars be pissed away at an alarming rate. On the up side, we had real sex ed that included contraception as well as folks telling us, "IF YOU HAVE SEX, UNPROTECTED, YOU WILL GET AIDS AND DIE!" And oddly enough, many of us had drills for what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. Which might explain why we threw money at Rollins and The Circle Jerks...

Hmmm I'm not sure which generation or whatever I fit into,I was born in 1989, but almost everything you mentioned was the same when I was going to school,except the political correctness kept us from reading Huckleberry Finn.


Born in '74 just when PC started to creep in.  Also the first to learn (either officially or by observation) that we would be screwed in the future.  I had a HS teacher that gave a lecture on how Social Security will likely be insolvent by the time the Boomers hit retirement.  
 
We were also told that either Japan or Germany would dominate the world economy, but that didn't pan out as predicted.
 
2013-04-01 11:25:16 AM  

elvindeath: As a Gen X'er, I'm repulsed by the idea that someone might even equate us with the whiny ass, participation trophy having, "I'm entitled to an iPhone and full data plan so raise taxes to give me one" biatches that comprise Gen Y.  We were too busy working shiat jobs with huge hours and no living wage to pay our dues so we could have a shot at making it in life ... we didn't have time to sit around a coffee shop perfect our ironic vintage wardrobe and complaining about how our mom only loaded $50 on our itunes account to spend on tv shows that we were too lazy to catch for free when they originally aired.  I can't even imagine my younger cousins sucking it and doing without cable for the first t years of their work life like my wife and I did, just so we could make our loan payments


Those are Millennials, not Gen Y
 
2013-04-01 11:25:26 AM  

CliChe Guevara: As much as people make fun of them, Gen X actually has the potential to be far more effective leaders than the boomers. Even Gen Y has a small but distinct faction of solid leaders. Not all kids grew up in coddled suburban helicopter enclaves, and those that didn't actually stand out in even more contrast because of it.
 
Now, Generation Duckface looks to be a complete wash. 
I am not sure there is any salvaging even parts of it, but Gen X should shake things up even more effectively than the boomers ever did, and not all of Gen Y is a loss.


Gen X are your teachers. We are your middle managers. We are in our 40s to late 30s. We are the upper echelons of your police and fire departments. We are the folks leading your ad campaigns. We are making a lot of the films. We are not controlling everything, but Gen X has a firm hand on the throttle at least. Mind you, this autotune sh*t is probably some engineers idea of taking a piss and seeing if folks will call it rain and laugh, but we are all over your music industry. It's not a threat, it's the way things go. Older generations die off, and they youngers look to the folks who are quite literally in the offices and in front of them for guidance and leadership. And oddly enough, we vote. We were the kids who Rocked the Vote. We didn't go to Vietnam, but our vets went to Iraq I and II and Kosovo, and Afghanistan, and a few other lovely tours in less than stellar places. And yeah, we pretty much ARE the Internets. We are media savvy, we grew up with the technology, and we understand networking in ways that a lot of our elders simply don't, and the real strength of Gen X is its ability to connect personally with concepts and the culture. And what's crazy making for a lot of folks, is that we're helping raise their kids.
 
You're welcome. Now turn that gottverdammt radio up, you f*cking pussies and put on some real music, and not this soft rock crap.
 
2013-04-01 11:25:52 AM  

Graffito: lousyskater: A Terrible Human:
 
except the political correctness kept us from reading Huckleberry Finn.
 
86' here, glad to see I made it through high school before that one hit.
 
It's very sad that there were no public libraries where you grew up.


Oh there were. I spent a lot of time at the library actually, I was just the only one from my age group ever there...
 
2013-04-01 11:27:14 AM  

elvindeath: As a Gen X'er, I'm repulsed by the idea that someone might even equate us with the whiny ass, participation trophy having, "I'm entitled to an iPhone and full data plan so raise taxes to give me one" biatches that comprise Gen Y.  We were too busy working shiat jobs with huge hours and no living wage to pay our dues so we could have a shot at making it in life ... we didn't have time to sit around a coffee shop perfect our ironic vintage wardrobe and complaining about how our mom only loaded $50 on our itunes account to spend on tv shows that we were too lazy to catch for free when they originally aired.  I can't even imagine my younger cousins sucking it and doing without cable for the first t years of their work life like my wife and I did, just so we could make our loan payments


Hey, wanna guess who's going to be voting Republican in 10 years?
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-04-01 11:27:49 AM  
mjohnson71:  
Now you baby boomers are going to wipe out Social Security so by them time we get to retirement age, there won't be anything left and we won't even get what we put in.
 
/Bitter Gen-X


Would it help if I say "thanks"?
 
2013-04-01 11:28:05 AM  
Belt, Onion, Lawn, Farmer's Market, etc.
 
gifrific.com
 
2013-04-01 11:29:40 AM  

mjohnson71: Thanks baby boomers for screwing everything up.

 
i232.photobucket.com
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-04-01 11:30:54 AM  

elvindeath: As a Gen X'er, I'm repulsed by the idea that someone might even equate us with the whiny ass, participation trophy having, "I'm entitled to an iPhone and full data plan so raise taxes to give me one" biatches that comprise Gen Y.  We were too busy working shiat jobs with huge hours and no living wage to pay our dues so we could have a shot at making it in life ... we didn't have time to sit around a coffee shop perfect our ironic vintage wardrobe and complaining about how our mom only loaded $50 on our itunes account to spend on tv shows that we were too lazy to catch for free when they originally aired.  I can't even imagine my younger cousins sucking it and doing without cable for the first t years of their work life like my wife and I did, just so we could make our loan payments


Right. I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad and our mother would kill us and dance about on our graves singing Hallelujah.
 
And you try and tell the young people of today that ..... they won't believe you.
 
2013-04-01 11:31:11 AM  

Mantour: /pretty much this..


Actually yeah, the I'm a Mac/PC works OK. Gen X is the PC, holding real jobs and making money, while Gen Y is the hip but unemployed kids forced to move back into their parent's basements due to The Recession. 
 
/Gen X
//I'm John Hodgeman and OK with that
///Now back to my spreadsheets, macros, and models
 
2013-04-01 11:31:54 AM  

verbaltoxin: Hey, wanna guess who's going to be voting Republican in 10 years?


That's how it always goes. Kids grow up, go to college thinking they can change the world. They graduate, finally figure out being an adult sucks and as a result they do a complete 180 on what's important to them.
 
2013-04-01 11:35:08 AM  

lousyskater: A Terrible Human:

except the political correctness kept us from reading Huckleberry Finn.

86' here, glad to see I made it through high school before that one hit.


85 and no book censorship in HS for me. i vaguely remember  a few parents trying and being told to GTFO. also made it out before myspace etc. got really popular.   my palm pilot was the nerdiest thing available at the time and very few cellphones had color displays, let alone always-on internet access.
 
/glad i'm nowhere near high school today. what a nightmare with facebook etc.
//although the girls are a heck of a lot hotter it seems...
/// i'll.. i'll take a seat over there.
 
2013-04-01 11:35:44 AM  

mcreadyblue: People were very afraid that Iraq would turn out like Vietnam if Kerry was elected.

 
Good thing we dodged that bullet.
 
2013-04-01 11:35:53 AM  

Kriggerel: As a Gen X-er, who heard all the rosy promises about a wide open job market, only to see the boomers refuse to leave the marketplace, and the few jobs becoming available being passed over Gen X's heads and directly to the precious little snowflakes, I absolutely love the idea of giving them trophies.

 
Methinks you should have participated in the .COM boom.  You'd have had no troubles then.  (Except for the crash, but that was just a temporary setback.)
 
2013-04-01 11:36:37 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Gen X & Y running things???  Why is the SCARY tag not used?


Because there is no way they can screw it up any worse than the baby boomers?
 
2013-04-01 11:36:46 AM  

WhiskeySticks: verbaltoxin: Hey, wanna guess who's going to be voting Republican in 10 years?

That's how it always goes. Kids grow up, go to college thinking they can change the world. They graduate, finally figure out being an adult sucks and as a result they do a complete 180 on what's important to them.


Based on this thread, I can see Fark discussions in 2020 forward: "WHAT? I worked some shiat job for no insurance for 20 years so you could have universal healthcare? fark you, freeloading libs!!"
 
2013-04-01 11:38:24 AM  
The "Greatest Generation" certain found lots to call out with the Boomers, much like the Boomers have in turn ripped Gen X / Gen Y.  It's little more than a rite of passage.
 
2013-04-01 11:38:42 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Gen X & Y running things???  Why is the SCARY tag not used?


Because it's impossible for them to do more damage than the boomers.
 
2013-04-01 11:38:49 AM  
Of course Gen X is coming out of nowhere to take over. We're the world's forgotten children. We've got no time to make an apology because we grew up the runaway kids of the nuclear a-bomb. We're using technology so the boomers better look out, we will penetrate the collective mind.
 
2013-04-01 11:39:01 AM  

mcreadyblue: People were very afraid that Iraq would turn out like Vietnam if Kerry was elected.

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2013-04-01 11:40:24 AM  
Gen X, never got a trophy for participating.  Actually, don't recall ever getting a trophy.
 
 
Wait, I did, for third place in my cub scout pinewood derby.  It was earned too, I made that car myself, and it looked like a block of shiat on wheels.  Still took third though.
 
2013-04-01 11:40:44 AM  

elvindeath: As a Gen X'er, I'm repulsed by the idea that someone might even equate us with the whiny ass, participation trophy having, "I'm entitled to an iPhone and full data plan so raise taxes to give me one" biatches that comprise Gen Y.  We were too busy working shiat jobs with huge hours and no living wage to pay our dues so we could have a shot at making it in life ... we didn't have time to sit around a coffee shop perfect our ironic vintage wardrobe and complaining about how our mom only loaded $50 on our itunes account to spend on tv shows that we were too lazy to catch for free when they originally aired.  I can't even imagine my younger cousins sucking it and doing without cable for the first t years of their work life like my wife and I did, just so we could make our loan payments


You have mountains of debt and can't make a living wage because of those goddamn kids and their tax hikes?
 
Please stop voting.
 
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