I came across this today concerning what are being called the “Millenials” (I call them “punk asses”, or “kiddies” when I’m feeling nice), the generation born after 1981. I for a long time used Star Wars as the line of demarkation. If you didn’t see the first two Star Wars films (and by first I mean the REAL first, not these prequel shits) for the first time in the theater, then you’re a punk ass, I mean Millenial. So this article points out everything that I’ve been saying in response to my own experience with them for years now, that they’re spoiled little shits with too much self esteem, have no concept of consequences for their actions and won’t accept responsibility for something even if it came with a free PS3. Alright, I’m paraphrasing.
One thing in particular that caught my eye was this comment, “You have to be very careful in how you talk to them because they take everything as criticism.” Yeah, no shit. If I had a dollar for every time online in a cg gallery where people post their work, especially work in progress, and someone flipped the fuck out because I made some suggestions for how to improve I’d be stinking rich. I would have killed for having my work critiqued by a pro when I was young. Back before this cool interweb thing, I had to actually write letters and make my way around conventions to grab an artist and ask for a critique and hope for some advice. ANYTHING they said was mana from heaven. But these punks? No, they don’t want that. They want 20 pages of comments like “awesome!” or “kick ass!”. I just picture little doe-eyed snot noses presenting some recent scribble to their moms for a pat on the head, a cookie and their work to be exhibited with pride on the fridge by their ’35th best’ whatever award magnet that they got for showing up for some stupid activity. So now these shits are in the workforce. Great.
I’ve heard from guys at big companies like Sony or ILM who are frustrated with these shits. They do some work, it gets presented, changes are handed down and they go fetal. Changes?! Another great comment I hear from them and online is “well I worked for days on this”. So fucking what? Oh right, you’re used to getting something for that. Well wake up sunshine, that’s not how the real world works. But of course Ms. Looney (too easy to make a joke about), a reality therapist (once again, too easy), says “You can’t change other generations. They are what they are. All you have control of is how you deal with them.” You know how I would deal with them? Boot to the ass. I fail to see how the answer to dealing with molly-coddled kids is to provide more molly-coddling. That’s absurd. Just watch the Dog Whisperer and see how that’s flawed (Full episode here).
Now unlike my last post, this one I am going to bring back around to religion. For starters, a lot of these cg forums I used to visit are infested with these little born again punk asses (and I’ll bet good money a lot are home schooled, because there’s an epidemic of christian home schooling in the US to save their precious minds from evils like Evolution). Nevermind that there are rules against talking about religion, they make such a stink that the administrators take Ms. Looney’s approach (hereafter referred to simply as “Looney”) and give in to them. And a guy like me who says anything about it? Well remember, “You have to be very careful in how you talk to them because they take everything as criticism”, in other words, an attack, so they all cry that they’re attacked and I get hosed. Look at your own experiences with christians online. You make the slightest opposition to what they say and they go bananas. Also, like the cg forums, I find these people everywhere online, regardless of what the topic is. Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re going to point to examples of this behavior by my generation and older, and maybe to a laundry list of examples throughout history of this overzealous overreaction to criticism to their faith. “This is not a new phenomenon” you’ll say, and I’ll agree. What is new, however, is a growing fanaticism amongst the younger generation. So let’s see what we have here, a system that is all about the group over the individual, the subjugation of will, intolerance to criticism, never taking responsibility, and perpetually placates it’s members meeting a generation that is “fabulous at building teams, but they’re challenged by responsibility and accountability”, “take everything as criticism”, have been “overparented, overindulged and overprotected” and require constant direction and praise. Wow, sounds like a match made in, dare I say, heaven, wouldn’t you say?