ZPG! I don’t think the Selfie generation is obsessed with perfection, but our (still primarily Boomer-controlled) media are.
Actually there’s a good article kicking around somewhere in infospace about how the Boomers were the target market until the early-90s, and by that time, most Gen X were too old to buy into whatever was trying to be sold to them (though obviously many did), and that’s how Millennials became primary targets and consumers of the current plastic culture.
Like with most things, Gen X flew under the radar simply by being born at the right/wrong time. It’s not because of being more savvy or cynical (despite the attempts to market that as well). It was just a fluke.
There’s a Buzzfeed thing right now of “awkward” junior high photos. It’s a bit silly. All photos taken during junior high are awkward. Basically every photo posted is just of normal kids looking dorky like normal kids look. Slightly, I mean sliiiiighty, crooked bangs, especially long bangs, does not make for a real horror show of a photo.
There’s this weird need for physical perfection in the minds of Millennials that freaks me out.
Speaking of generational differences, sometimes you’ll read about how Gen X is often defined as being between the advent of the pill and the Baby on Board signs. It was the first generation of “choice” babies, and there was an underlying anti-procreation culture.
I once asked my mom about this, and she said she was presented the option of abortion at all her initial prenatal visits (between the years 74-79). She also said that the doctors pushed it more with each pregnancy, and by her third and final pregnancy, the doctor was URGING her to get an abortion because three kids was seen as an unnecessary burden. Maybe she just had a weird doctor?
This was not something even uttered to me at a single prenatal visit for two pregnancies in the 00s,
hello yes if you are down i will gladly make ridiculous faces at you until it passes. no charge. unlimited time offer.
Thank you! I will keep this in mind.
I’m not down today. Not really. Just in the process of getting my act together.
The lyrics are encouraging me.
“Don’t you know you can stop and start it again
If you thought about time then it would be your friend”