Monday, November 16, 2009

Apparently we peaked 20 years ago.

Yeah, great. I always want to be remembered for events I personally had nothing to do with.
For those born between 1960 and 1975, the shadow cast by the radical, hedonistic baby-boomers was so large that it felt as if popular culture barely noticed them. The closest they came to any form of recognition was as the burned-out slackers of Generation X, from the novel by Douglas Coupland, a term even he subsequently disowned. But if they were defined by anything, it was by watching that sequence of events between 1989 and 1990. The baby-boomers will always remember 1968 and the millennial generation were awakened by 9/11. For those in between, it was 1989 that made them who they are. More than they were ever "yuppies", they were 1989ers.

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