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ISO better label than “Boomer”

I’d go with “hipster d’un certain age” were I marketing this site. I’d been pondering earlier whether it mightn’t be nice to cruise separately from all the cute, young things, and I guess the market research said yes.

“The Boomers” inspire such loathing in people my age and younger, and I’m no longer sure why. That scorn for the same demographic was in the 80s directed at “yuppies” — referring to once-idealistic people who sold out, man. Now I think the scorn heaped on those born 1946-1965 is just ageism, maybe combined with frustration at the total co-opting of youth culture and rebellion, and maybe even jealousy that the boomers had a moment of idealism and relevance and power before their music and attitudes became car commercials. “Selling out” is still unattractive to some 20-somethings, but it’s much harder to pin down what it means, and I think some of the boomer-hatred has to do with that confusion.

6 Comments so far

  1. Steve on May 30th, 2007

    I think you are right about baby boomer hatred being partially driven by confusion.

    When I was a teenager I had an older friend who did the “60s college thing”. According to him the idealism attributed to the times was merely a coat of paint on the ordinary.

    Jerry felt the antiwar movement was driven out of (enlightened) self interest and the rest was fashion among college students who were mostly interested in getting high.

    Instead of baseball caps, sweatshirts, cheap beer, cheap pot and hip-hop the fashions were tye-dyes, good pot, great music, better drugs.

    He didn’t feel that there weren’t a few more deeper and caring students, just that he felt that the great heards of people where just being ordinary students following the fashion for the youth culture as they do today.

    So according to him, much of what was lost was imagined.

  2. Steve on May 30th, 2007

    About your point concerning ageism.

    I had a slow point in my life for a while and I hung out on many web boards. Most were populated with 20 somethings.

    I heard many times over that they felt that old people were negative, did nothing, did not have lives and were narrow minded.

    I found this to be highly ironic as many of these college kids were perpetually depressed. They were also spending their youth being on the internet instead of being out in life and when they were on the internet most of what they did was complain about the world similar to the stereotype of the crank old man writing letters of complaint to people.

    We have all heard that “40 is the new 30” and that “70 is the new 50”. The state of wellness for an age group can improve with better artifacts. As late as the 19th century it was not uncommon for lower class women to die in their 20s and men in their 30s.

    When I was a kid the 70 somethings I met were usually dazed out in a chair somewhere. My father holds down a part time job, is politically active and does a ton of volunteer work. He walks with a limp, but his faculties are all there. I have seen similar things with 70 something parents of many friends.

    Lastly, according to this article, people actually get happier as they get older:
    http://beforewisdom.com/blog/?p=15

    This article implies that people can actually get more insightful and smarter as they get older as well if they play their cards right:
    http://mentalhelp.net/books/books.php?type=de&id=3505

    Aside from health and financial issues ( which everyone has ) it seems like the toughest thing about getting old is getting over the bullshit other people will try to put on you about it.

    The nice thing about that is that ageist people will provide you with your own revenge. If they are lucky, they will get to be your age and those stupid attitudes will still be operating to bite them in their psychological, emotional asses.

  3. virginia on June 3rd, 2007

    Here’s a fun YouTube addition to the ageism discussion:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqfFrCUrEbY
    (sorry, wish I knew how to embed a video, but I need LKIA for that)

  4. Steve on June 3rd, 2007

    It is fairly easy to learn how to do, have LKIA show you.

    Also, a cool site is tinyurl.com

    It is free. You drop a long url in their box and they create a “tiny url”…..a short url that will point to the same destination.

    It is great when you have a long URL like the one above but a narrow space to post it.

  5. kmcleod on June 4th, 2007

    I was going to rebuttal Steve’s friend’s dismissal of 60s activism, but ILYLM isn’t meant to be another branch of the World Wrestling Blog Federation. Instead, I’ll mention the fact that the 60s model of activism has been adapted in such places as Chile, Mexico, Brazil, Great Britain, Nigeria, Georgia, Estonia, India, Bulgaria, Malaysia, etc., etc., etc…happening now.
    I always thought that the young resented us because we refuse to die and leave the world to them, and claim to come up with everything before they did. Let’s use “boomer” with pride; claim it, say it loud, then do the frug. It would be embarassing to vote on whether to call ourselves GenV.

  6. virginia on July 11th, 2007

    Yes, we’ll be Gen V, and I, VV, will be Supreme Leader! All those midlife crises, mine, MINE! Bwaaaaaa-haaaaa-haaaaa-haaaa