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Talkin Bout My Generation

I was just thinking about my generation, the one known as "X". (generally assumed to be anyone born between 1966 - 1980)

More than the baby boomers, generation X was the generation that was really pop-culture oriented. In fact our whole definition of ourselves seems to be in what products we bought, read, watch on TV. And upon realizing how easy it was to create a generation of product whores, they perfected it with the Millennials.

Since our generation is the pop-culture generation, let's make a list of our products that define us

TV/ Movies: Star Wars, Jerry Springer, WWF, Pulp Fiction, Shawshank Redemption, Sinfield, Friends, The A-Team, Superman, The Simpsons, Akira, Star Trek: TNG...

Music: MTV, compact discs, Twisted Sister, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Public Enemy, NWA, Iron Maiden, Celine Dion (She wasnt selling her CDs to old ladies, ya know), Weezer...

Comics: Well comics themselves as collectors items, Sandman, X-Men, Watchmen, Love & Rockets, TMNT, Sin City, Calvin & Hobbes...

 Others: D&D, video games, the rise of fan conventions into an industry, shorts that end below the knee, plaid shirts, long hair, vampires as something cool...

Any more?

Nuclear war and merchandising.

RemusShepherd's picture

 I guess I'm a Gen Xer (born 1967). Although it used to be that Gen X began sometime in the 1970s, with the people in the gap between Xers and boomers considered to have no real generation identity.

I think that beyond popular culture, we are the last generation to fear nuclear war. I still remember those laughable nuclear raid rehearsals where we hid under our desks, and for a time I refused to drink milk because I had heard that cesium in fallout poisoned cows. I think that shows in our stories, too -- Gen X stories are more likely to have apocalyptic themes, while for the next generation (Y?) the future is often depicted as grinding into a dystopian tech future. We Xers know that a dystopia won't happen, we'll blow the whole thing up first. ;)

Back to your pop culture question, I think we're also the first generation to really be affected by mass marketing. After 1977 or so -- the Star Wars marketing era -- there were no pop culture stories that did not have toys or other products attached to them. Transformers, Micronauts, My Pretty Pony, the new GI Joe -- these were all toys first and stories second, but the stories and images somehow became iconic to us. I'm not sure what that says about our cynicism or our sanity.

 

 

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I won't be adding to the

I won't be adding to the list since I'm not a gen Xer.

But a few years ago I read an article about the aging generations and it was talking about how generation X'ers were getting all middle aged and it was past their time and such. And I noticed Generation X ended in 1980. (I was born in 81). I saw a friend, who was born in 79, later that day and told him about it, and then I made fun of him and his generation for being old and cofused by the crazy hip world me and my generation live in.

 

Anyways he got pretty angry and very seriously started an argument with me about how he was only a few years older than me and that he was facing a mid-life crisis at all. I teased him about being an old man and told him about all of the cool stuff the article said me and the youngsters were getting into which his generation couldn't understand and he became even more livid and very seriously explained to me how he was into pretty much the exact same things I was.

 

In conclusion: generation Xers are stupid.Â

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