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Cross Generational Back Talk -- Is 'OK Boomer' OK with you?

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I'm probably slow about this but I've recently become aware of the put down phrase 'OK Boomer' used to diss people of the baby boomer generation (including me). 

 

Personally it doesn't bother me much. I suppose as a generality our generation deserves it. On the other hand it presumes negative things about many individuals that aren't actually true. It's devastating in its way as the basic message is that the baby boomer generation has messed up the world, but on the other hand it's pretty mild.

 

I remember phrases from my youth such as -- Don't trust anyone over 30 not to mention 'Die Yuppie S--m'

Not so mild!

 

So open to all generations of course -- what do you think about OK boomer?

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_boomers


 

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Baby boomers (also known as boomers) are the demographic cohort following the Silent Generation and preceding Generation X. The Baby Boom generation is most often defined as those individuals born between 1946 and 1964.[1]

In Western Europe and North America, boomers are widely associated with privilege, as many grew up during a period of increasing affluence[2] due in part to widespread post-war government subsidies in housing and education.

 

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OK_Boomer


 

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OK Boomer

"OK Boomer" is a catchphrase and internet meme that gained popularity throughout 2019, used to dismiss or mock attitudes stereotypically attributed to the baby boomer generation. It is considered by some to be ageist.

 

 

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The hoo-ha around this expression will likely die down over time, but the underlying sentiment will always be there. Someone's got to take the blame for the current state of the world, I guess, and we boomers are the obvious target. Chloe Zwarbrick in the NZ parliament certainly let that be known when a boomer MP didn't agree with her views. I'm not concerned about it personally, but I fear it could foster a lot of misguided antipathy in the long run towards us boomers who as much as anyone else are a product of our times.

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I get some flak from the kids and grandkids, but it's mostly just meme's on FB.   I have a list of causes I will leave my money to, instead of them.   They are all causes they HATE!!

I think it's normal for the younger generation to do some blaming of the older generation.   I am kind and gentle to them, because I did grow up at a time when life was pretty fun, reasonably easy and goals were achievable.   

 

They face a lot more difficulty achieving what my generation could obtain rather easily.   They seem to have slightly different values, ideas, and dreams.   

 

 

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Like so many kinds of identitarian politics the phrase is rooted in the politics of envy and hate. However, if that put down represents the rhetorical skilks of generation pantywaist of space and matches their critical thinking skills we have nothing to worry about. They deserve their zero hour contracts, their safe spaces, lack of freedom of speech,  thought and action, lack of decent jobs and pensions and their fear of life.

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35 minutes ago, fusion58 said:

Are you arguing that only people who identify as politically liberal use the epithet in question and/or exhibit ageist attitudes?

 

If so, then by what evidence?

 

Yes, people that use that term are mostly left-leaning liberal whiners of the millennial variety who are so tone deaf and hypocritical that they say things like this un-ironically without even seeing how stupid it is. 

 

Didn't think this was a debatable point but such is the norm with liberals and the bored argumentative posters of this crusty forum 😉

 

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/9kejx8/ok-boomer-generations-elites-avocado-toast

 

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But “ok boomer” has quickly evolved into more than just a comeback. It also appears to represent a broader left-leaning ethos of anger, if not rage, over the daunting circumstances that young Americans have been born into.

 

Boo hoo. How horrible. 

 

And Im a millennial too. 

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"OK Boomer"..The reply should be: 'Hey! Not all muslims are boomers.'

Just ridicule them with inanity

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21 minutes ago, Thainesss said:

broader left-leaning ethos of anger, if not rage, over the daunting circumstances that young Americans have been born into.

If these kids want to see daunting circumstances into which someone has been born go to Khlong Toei. Or watch a rickshaw being peddled in the heat by an 80 year old guy with a fat Westerner in the back. For $3. 

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11 minutes ago, fusion58 said:

I, personally, have encountered any number of American right-wingnuts (Gen X and younger) on the Interwebs who blame the boomers for all the world’s ills and, not infrequently, for their own individual, unfortunate lot in life.

They aren't real conservatives then. True conservatives do something about their lives other than whine.

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