Generation X

Essay by Jason KraftUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, November 1996

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I believe that Generation X exists, however, I do not think that everyone in this generation fits the description peddled by the media. The media feels the need to hang labels on each generation and give them each their own characteristics, but I fail to see the reasoning in all the name calling and insults. The media builds the hype about Generation X, therefore making typical stereotypes seem overwhelmingly to the generation. So, when I am asked the question, 'Does Generation X really exist or is it a myth created by the media,' My answer would be yes the generation does exist in certain aspects, moreover as a myth though.

11-3-96 Each generation is divided into age groups. Because I am between the ages of eighteen and thirty-two I am known as a Generation X'er. The media has given each generation it's own name and characteristics.

Some of the characteristics placed on Generation X are unambitious, underachievers, and lazy slackers who can only get McJobs. The media tells us that we are spoiled individuals who are afraid of commitment. The media also complains that we blame everything on the 'baby boomers' and other generations before us. I disagree with this accusation, because our generation is not the only generation to put blame on other generations. Every generation tends to blame the previous generation for the problems of the world, and not just the X'ers. The X'ers are not the first to put blame on the antecedent generation; it has happened for generations. We do blame boomers for the financial hardships that we, as X'ers, are facing. I believe that the younger generation are just as qualified to work the jobs as the older generations are, but that the older generation got to the jobs first.