Posted On: Thursday - January 13th 2022 6:39PM MST
In Topics:   General Stupidity  Music  Americans
(Sort of continued from Part 1 and Part 2.)
The Generation Gap was a BIG topic from the middle 1960s through, I dunno, likely the mid-1970s, after the hippie era had ended. One could say that "it's always like this", and there was nothing new about the differences in perspective. I disagree. I don't know of any large cohort of young people who had rebelled against the Establishment and so disrespectfully against their parents in history, at least American history. (Of course, not close to all of them participated, so, yes, this is a generational-lization).
I will use Strauss' & Howe's, again arguable definitions of these generations again, During that time, it was the younger of the GI Generation (born 1901--1924) and the older of Silent Generation (born 1925 - 1942) who were the parents of that rebellious Baby Boom Generation (born 1943 - 1960). Apparently that White Man-run, civil, peaceful, prosperous era of 1946 to 1964* was too boooring for these young people. Their parents "wouldn't understand!" (Maybe because they were not young and stupid?) The Establishment had to be ousted.
If one either was there at the time or has read a decent amount on this period of the Generation Gap, he would know that this was not all grass-roots independent thought by the young Boomers (and some younger Silent Generation types too, as with those Beatniks, for example). As Peak Stupidity has discussed quite a bit lately, as the external Cold War was waged, the internal Cold War was being waged too. Unfortunately, Americans gave ground to the Communists waging that one at almost every turn. Unilateral disarmament wouldn't have been a good idea in the external stand-off against the USSR. What idiots thought it would work just fine in the internal version?!
That Generation Gap of the mid-1960's-mid-1970s was just a part of the Long March through the American Institutions. Destroying the nuclear family is job 1 for any good Communist. Creating a huge gap in perspective and values is between the generations worked, but at least, I'll grant that the rebelling Boomers had some great music.
What do we have going on now with the Millennials v Boomers? There's a lot of name-calling and bitterness, mostly in one direction, young against old. The differences in perspective and values this time doesn't seem to be based on lefty vs. conservative politics. The one thing that stands out is that the changes in electronic technology from the time of the days of the Boomers to the current day of the Millennials have been so sweeping that the generations have grown up in different worlds. That'd go even more so for the Zoomers, a portion of whom are old enough to be part of this current divide. (Strauss & Howe dubbed them the "Homeland Generation", which means, what exactly? I don't like that one.)
However, I think "it's the economy, stupid." Millennials and Zoomers are perhaps loath to repeat that line from that penultimate Boomer, BJ Clinton, if they remember it. (It was 30 years ago, in fact!) It is the problem they have with the Boomers - well, as usual, not ALL of them by any means. I take the side of the young people on this beef. There are still Boomer and older MIllennial parents who would lecture their young adults with a straight face:
Pull yourself up with your bootstraps. I worked every summer and made enough money to pay for college. You get that degree, and then, OK, maybe you do have to start in the mailroom ("mailroom? WTF, Dad?), but you work hard, you put your nose to the grindstone, and you'll make your way up the ladder. Or, get an apartment and work at fast food for a year or two and save up money and build up your work record. I walked around for a week handing out resumes until IBM hired me. You know, you get in the pension plan, you buy a small ranch house ..."
No, the American economy is nothing like the economy during the young adult years of the Boomers, and it hasn't been in 10 years either, when all the Millennials were young adults. That's not all of the Boomers' faults, as we noted in part 1. A large number of them were NOT in favor of shipping industry to Mexico and China, importing 60 million new people, or keeping Affirmative Action going.** Then again, not all the Millennials are the ones using the "OK, Boomer" insult. Maybe it's just a few idiots on-line, I dunno.
Are we in the midst of Generation Gap 2.0, or My Generation Gap? That's that whole "my computer", my this, and my that bit that Microsoft started 25 years ago(?)) There is no great music to go along with this generation gap this time, though. "Your music sucks!" and "learn to play guitar!" would be the modern version of "turn that down!", as those parents used to say, as they rolled around on the couch, rolling numbers with your KISS records out ...
You figured The Who would be featured at the end here, didn't you? Unfortunately, Peak Stupidity has already featured the stutter-rock song you expected. This one is about Generation Gap 1.0 bridged. It's the 1970s band Cheap Trick song Surrender from their excellent Live at Budokan (Japan) from 1978.
Mommy's alright, daddy's alright, they just seem a little weird.
Surrender, surrender, but don't give yourself away.
* It's a little on the later side, perhaps, but I'll call it ended when the Socialist Scumbag Lyndon Johnson won the 1964 Presidential election over Barry Goldwater. (Sure, we had another Barry in office 50 years later - that was not quite the same!)
** The origin of that anti-White evil comes from the time when it was 3 older generations voting for, again, the Socialist Scumbag Lyndon Johnson. (Hey, how come he appears in all the footnotes?)