Thursday, July 6, 2017

Give Me a Break!!

I was not sure how to react but when a 15 year old thinks they are a member of the millennial cohort we have a problem here with regards to math, social awareness and why a reporter felt the need to not correct nor explain and define the term "millennial." 

Aside from being generally a feel good piece that is both idiotic and gratifying it shows that the University of Washington has more idiots on staff than I realized. What hard times did the Millennials go through?  The Iraq War? The War in Afghanistan? 9/11? Income Inequality? College Debt? 2008 Recession? The Trump Election?  Legal Marijuana? Cell Phones?  The Gig Economy? Black Lives Matter? Occupy Wall Street? Social Media? Revenge Porn? The Kardashians?

It is why I discount anything the UW has to say, they have to pay their backers.   Their supposed recent study of the $15/hr pay scale talking affect in Seattle has been largely maligned and the City discontinued payment due to the metrics involved and in turn found another University who found naturally different data to support the study purpose.  And that again proves that the value of a study is by those who pay for it the results and not the results that matter.  Does that mean studies are not valuable? No they are as complex as a study is and should be and in turn be free of bias and agenda.  Well that won't be happening but it is nice try. 

** My new favorite is the upcoming one how booze affects health, paid for by Booze.  Sign me up**

I am exhausted trying to understand/explain/excuse or give a shit about Millennials.  They are the only people I speak to on a daily basis and while I realize that there is a massive generational gap I simply remind myself that the same was said about my generation, a generation ago.  That youth is just that - youth.  The group I have less patience and tolerance for is my own cohort of boomers.  Again we are a widely disparate group that start at age 55-70.  I am pretty sure I would dig Obama but not Trump.  Oh wait he just turned 71!  There is a baby Jesus.  Does that mean he is not a Boomer?  No we are just dying off, some not soon enough but...  So now what was once the largest cohort is now in fact the Millennials and now they are chosen ones, the ones who get all the attention, the blame and the respect.  Good luck with that.

Give us a break, plead Seattle’s maligned millennials

If their detractors are to be believed, they’re to blame for almost everything, but Seattle millennials say the world’s woes are not their fault.

By Christine Clarridge
Seattle Times staff reporter
July 5 2017

Give it a rest, boomers and Xers.

Millennials have heard plenty by now about how they’re just the worst generation ever.

If their detractors are to be believed, they’re entitled, narcissistic, selfie-taking, self-absorbed, “everyone gets a trophy” brats, and they’re to blame for the demise of everything from cereal, paper napkins and bar soap to chain restaurants, the diamond industry and even democracy.

So stop, please, say some Seattleites who were born between 1977 and 2004 — that’s the Millennial Generation, depending on which definition you’re using.

“It’s completely unfair,” said Ashley Krzeszowski, 24, of West Seattle. “We’ve been handed a broken system and we’re just doing the best we can.”

Krzeszowski just graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in cellular, molecular and developmental biology and applied mathematics. She has a job at the same lab she’s been working at for the last few years and yet she is still living with her parents.

No need to judge, she said; it makes “prudent financial sense” for her to do so at this time and with the cost of housing in Seattle as high as it is.

“As a group, we work hard and try hard,” she said. “But when my parents bought their house, it was two times their annual income and now houses are 10 times most people’s annual salaries.”

“Give us a break,” she said. “All we’re really asking for is enough pay for our phones, treat ourselves to a cup of coffee every once in a while and buy a dress off the sale rack. Is that really too much?”

Cheryl Kaiser, a professor of psychology at the University of Washington, admires the Millennial Generation and finds her recent crops of students a “joy to teach.”

They’re creative, unrestrained by convention and willing to take risks, she said. In addition they’ve grown up in tough times and have had to be a little more scrappy than their parents. They ought not take the criticism to heart.

“Each generation tends to see the new generation as not as good as their own,” she said. “You see it all the time.”

The generation we belong to is part of who we are; we share norms, values and ideologies with our age mates, she explained.

“If our generation does something in a specific way or holds specific values, we come to think of those as the right way, the good way and if one generation sees another doing something different, it can feel threatening, as if there’s something wrong with their way.”

“It’s easier to blame the other group and say they’re doing it wrong than it is to question how we’re doing it,” Kaiser said.

Tim Miller, a 52-year-old musician who plays music at Westlake Park with his friend, Paul Vegors, 24, said he knows that tendency well.

“It’s silly, but it’s human nature really,” Miller said. “When you are threatened or in pain, you’re going to look around for someone to blame because someone else has to be responsible.”

In a piece written for The Center for Generational Kinetics, Curt Steinhorst writes that people in his generation do not like the phrase “millennial” as it brings with it connotations of laziness and entitlement. In downtown Seattle, a dozen or so young adults who were asked about their generation seemed to confirm that.

Many flinched when asked if they were millennials and then explained why they felt they were really a bit on the young side to be held accountable for such a litany of woes: the death of golf, vacations, the 9-5 workweek and the lowly cork.

“We’re just growing up, and it’s not all our fault,” said Sandra Quiroz, 19, who works near Westlake Center.

“Don’t they know that a lot of things that are going on are not really under our control?” said Pinkeo Phongsa, a 15-year-old visitor from California who believes she is in the much-maligned generation.

“I really think that everyone is just kind of looking for a scapegoat for a lot of things,” said Angela Olson, 24. “There are things about the way society is going that seem wrong, but it’s not all millennials’ fault. We can’t really take the blame as we were made this way.”

“They don’t want to blame themselves, so they blame us,” said 25-year-old William Co, who works at a tech firm near downtown Seattle.

“Every generation blames the next one,” said Rian Ellis, 27. “Given enough time we’ll be complaining about the next generation as well.”

But maybe not. Perhaps age really does bring with it a little chance for wisdom, or at least a little charity.

“You can’t really blame them,” said 69-year-old Tim Micek. “They’ve got it much tougher than we did. They get nothing but my sympathy.”

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