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  1. Post on Generation Wuss in Influence

    By The Heretic, posted
    In this link, Bret Easton Ellis describes the Millenials generation:


    I have been living with someone from the Millennial generation for the last four years (he’s now 27) and sometimes I’m charmed and sometimes I’m exasperated by how him and his friends—as well as the Millennials I’ve met and interacted with both in person and in social media—deal with the world, and I’ve tweeted about my amusement and frustration under the banner “Generation Wuss” for a few years now. My huge generalities touch on their over-sensitivity, their insistence that they are right despite the overwhelming proof that suggests they are not, their lack of placing things within context, the overreacting, the passive-aggressive positivity, and, of course, all of this exacerbated by the meds they’ve been fed since childhood by over-protective “helicopter” parents mapping their every move. These are late-end Baby Boomers and Generation X parents who were now rebelling against their own rebelliousness because of the love they felt that they never got from their selfish narcissistic Boomer parents and who end up smothering their kids, inducing a kind of inadequate preparation in how to deal with the hardships of life and the real way the world works: people won’t like you, that person may not love you back, kids are really cruel, work sucks, it’s hard to be good at something, life is made up of failure and disappointment, you’re not talented, people suffer, people grow old, people die. And Generation Wuss responds by collapsing into sentimentality and creating victim narratives rather than acknowledging the realities of the world and grappling with them and processing them and then moving on, better prepared to navigate an often hostile or indifferent world that doesn’t care if you exist.
    The sixties generation was the last one to subscribe to the myth of the creative genius. In other words it was once thought to be beneath an artist to market him/herself. Flyers, invitations, cocktail schmaltz, a mentality for enterprise was thought to be alien to creativity. Baby networkers are hip to the value of the sleazy seduction come-on, likely developed at home with their parents, turn on older people by touching their hearts or stimulate their protective instincts or feelings of guilt.

    The millennials have to trade off between developing their original style and figuring out how to get noticed. Does all this self-promotion detract from creativity? Does that mean self-promoters have turned the market into an agressive competition in which the artists who spend more time on their work never get noticed? Have the rules changed between generations, creating an intergeneration dynamic?

    Moreover, the millennial generation demonstrates a callous approach to the established talent, fail to show interest in the previous generation's work. Idols are no longer worshipped - merely appropriated as targets. How is this the case? How can anyone of middling talent have the presumption to fool an established icon of the previoius generation? Does the answer lie in the unhealthy relationship between the millennial and the baby boomer parents, in which the parents did not provide an atmosphere of authority/discipline to be rebelled against? That is where all the productivity of the established generation came from, the need to defy and escape their parents' authority made the established artist strive for independence and self-reliance, as well as avoid from becoming a shameless suck up.

    The intergenerational dynamic must have been exceedingly intimate, ripe for feelings of entitlement on the part of the millennials. Since the baby boomer parents fraternized their children, the current generation are like pampered whores who are conviced that the older generation owes them a living.Lacking the tangible results of rebellion, the millennial is incapable of blaming anything on their overly permissive parents, and thus, his hatred is a buried, passive aggressive anger.

    What will happen when the millennial generation becomes the older generation? Will the subsequent one even bother to listen or read them, since their output will consist of publicity and little else?