• Hey, guest user. Hope you're enjoying NeoGAF! Have you considered registering for an account? Come join us and add your take to the daily discourse.
  • The Politics forum has been nuked. Please do not bring political discussion to the rest of the site, or you will be removed. Thanks.

LA Times "Millennial Pledge": Or Why Print Journalism Doesn't Equal Quality

Status
Not open for further replies.
Jan 8, 2008
17,239
1
930
Dallas, Texas
www.twitter.com
Was on twitter this evening and this beauty of an article popped up in my feed:

http://www.latimes.com/home/la-hm-erskine-20151010-column.html

I admire and adore the millennials. Obviously, it's because I am one.

That doesn't mean that we millennials, ages 18 to 34, can't do better. Below is a pledge all of us should take publicly, as per a bar mitzvah or a wedding, signifying a ceremonial crossing into adulthood.

Not that I recommend adulthood. But like broken hearts or hip replacements, we all eventually have one.

"The Millennial Pledge":

• I am entitled to nothing.

• I will show up on time.

• I will not shun comedians or college commencement speakers just because I don't agree with them.

• Just once, I will try driving without texting.

• Just once, I will try eating without texting.

• I will not consider the cilantro on my taco to be a vegetable.

• I will learn to laugh at everything, especially myself.

• When meeting someone for the first time, I will always look him or her in the eye.

• I will not burn bridges.

That's about half of his article. I think this article sums up the attitude I see against my generation. And honestly it deeply upsets me because my friends and I all work very hard, in spite of how hard the economy has been the past decade. The fact we live our lives in somewhat different of a manner is not something to be used against us, but a natural course of how society evolves. Certainly felt like a cheap shot I would not expect the LA Times to publish.
 

LUFTRAUSER

Banned
Jun 21, 2014
4,814
0
0
I think that these stereotypes aren't really as accurate anymore. I don't text while driving or eating at all and I never have.
 

Dio

Banned
Apr 3, 2013
6,385
14
0
These tenets apply to most people, really. I have no idea why any of these problems are considered particularly bad with 'millennials.'
 

MUnited83

For you.
Dec 14, 2013
26,816
1
570
These tenets apply to most people, really. I have no idea why any of these problems are particularly bad with 'millennials.'
Its the old "look at how terrible the new generation is. LOOK AT IT" while ignoring that all previous ones were as shitty or shittier.

Old people yelling at clouds.
 

Team Alucard

Banned
Oct 23, 2014
4,049
0
0


Dude must have been hitting the drugs and alcohol pretty hard if he really is < 34. He looks late forties at best,
 

Gus tha God

Banned
Sep 2, 2015
154
0
0
He can go fuck himself. Buying that garbage that old folks are eating up.

Old people suck, young people are always better. It's the way it is.
 

Dio

Banned
Apr 3, 2013
6,385
14
0
It's tongue in cheek.

The guy's a humor columnist, y'all.

Yeah, but does that mean his point is that none of these problems actually exist, and therefore making fun of people who actually believe these things about millennials?

Is his point 'exaggerating' often-repeated-in-news things about millennials, but he actually is acknowledging they exist, thus his admittance that he is one and saying that we should all shapen up?

I'm not getting what the joke is here.
 

RDreamer

Member
Aug 3, 2009
18,697
4
735
Baby Boomers Pledge:

I will stop fucking over literally every generation that will come after me.

I will not shun other cultures or races simply because they're strange to me.

I very likely didn't get to where I am on merit and bootstraps alone.
 

Awful Falafel

Banned
Jan 25, 2013
1,158
0
0
• I will not burn bridges.

Of all the "kids these days" stereotypes this is a new one to me. When the heck did any generation get a reputation for this? Besides in certain cases this can be a very healthy thing to do.
 
Jan 28, 2007
12,339
0
910
• I won't sneak texts during funerals even if it's "totally boring and the bereaved is just lying there anyway."

okay, this one got me. I don't think millennials can cope with the word 'bereaved' though. Too many chrctrs.


The gist of this seems to be that you should really not expect anything as a millenial, or at least that's the narrative he's parodying (see the last line). Because obviously everybody has always expected many things, it's just easy to deny those to others.
 

Stinkles

Clothed, sober, cooperative
Sep 5, 2004
66,964
8
1,590
Arakeen
In order of worst to best:


Baby Boomers
Octogenarian Racists*
Millennials
Gen Y
Gen X


* Didn't know any better probably.
 

marzlapin

Member
Nov 1, 2014
1,019
0
0
okay, this one got me. I don't think millennials can cope with the word 'bereaved' though. Too many chrctrs.


The gist of this seems to be that you should really not expect anything as a millenial, or at least that's the narrative he's parodying (see the last line). Because obviously everybody has always expected many things, it's just easy to deny those to others.

Lol wow, I don't think "bereaved" was the word he was looking for in that context.

Maybe this dude should pledge not to use words if he's not sure what they mean.
 
Apr 30, 2009
35,156
0
0
• I will not shun comedians or college commencement speakers just because I don't agree with them.

• Just once, I will try driving without texting.

• Just once, I will try eating without texting.

• I will not consider the cilantro on my taco to be a vegetable.

• I will learn to laugh at everything, especially myself.

? This seems to apply pretty well to 40-50 year olds.
 

BreezyLimbo

Banned
Jul 11, 2014
36,963
1
0
Funny, related story but I saw a family yesterday, and the dad scolded the older son because he was on the phone. The dad kept going 'Get off the phone! This is time with your family, just tell your friends that you're with your family!'. It was pretty funny.
 

Dr. Feel Good

Banned
Jun 13, 2006
4,723
6
1,100
I think it's awkward that the low 30 year-olds who are a part this generation have now transitioned to low management roles and they have a terrible time with making eye contact. Seriously fucking learn how to have a real conversation. It's embarrassing.
 

Buddha Beam

Banned
Jan 22, 2010
6,181
1
0
I'm all for calling out my generation on all their numerous failings, but reading that was 3 minutes of my life that I'll never get back.
 

WaffleTaco

Wants to outlaw technological innovation.
Apr 1, 2014
5,894
0
0
yep

generation Z is the worst though and what do we call the next generation since we've run out of letters

I think not liking the generations younger before you is a thing of just being jealous of how they grow up with all the cool shit. Like for instance older people hate that millennials grew up with the internet...millennials will hate that these young kids are going to be growing up with iPads and VR.
 
Jan 28, 2007
12,339
0
910
Lol wow, I don't think "bereaved" was the word he was looking for in that context.

Maybe this dude should pledge not to use words if he's not sure what they mean.

Now that you mention, and I completely missed it, that's the joke. ( I feel dumb now)
It's obviously
supposed to be 'deceased', but someone too busy texting on a funeral could care less about that (much like the phrase 'couldn't care less' )
 

FLEABttn

Banned
Mar 30, 2005
8,219
0
0
36
NOVA
The only bridges I've burnt were management who completely shit on me and expected me to not just be not angry, but be okay with it. Fuck them.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.