This Rolling Stone article proves how out of touch you are with Millennials
Let me preface this article by pointing out one fact: I’m a millennial. I was born between the years of 1980 and 2001 (the age range for Gen Y as defined by Wikipedia), and as such, I believe this gives me a certain understanding of my generation that, say, Boomers or even Gen Xers wouldn’t have. And clearly, it was a Boomer or Gen Xer who wrote this Rolling Stone article that I’m about to shred to pieces.
That article, which is just over two years old by the way, worked its way into my Facebook news feed over the weekend because, clearly, the social media network’s algorithm worked out some formula that determined the weekend Millennial Rob bought a house—a very un-millennial thing to do, no?—was the perfect weekend to remind him what older generations thought about millennials. And, man, they couldn’t be more wrong.
The gist of it is this: The article goes through 50 “cultural artifacts” that the author believes millennials have never heard of. That in and of itself was interesting enough to pull me in. Click bait at its finest. Heck, maybe I’d learn something while flipping through the slide show.
It was that first image that popped up with the article—a screen shot from the since-extinct TV show Dinosaurs—that should’ve been enough to warn me how far-off this thing was going to be. But at this point, I was sucked in. I needed to at least give it a chance. And, to be fair, that show ended in the early-to-mid-90s, so it wasn’t that big of a stretch. But it only got worse: MC Hammer made the list, as did Koosh balls (Koosh balls!!!), Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, Ross Perot, Clyde Drexler, and Kerri Strug’s ’96 Olympics performance—all things that are ingrained on this millennial’s mind.
But that’s not even the worst part. Sprinkled amongst the pop culture and sports faces were a number of technologies of the time. That’s what really set this guy off. So pardon me while I do a little venting about the types of things the Rolling Stone thinks I know absolutely nothing about: