Talkin’ ‘bout Our Generation: The Myths Versus Reality
By NextAvenue Staff
You know the stereotype: aging narcissists who’ve lost their creative edge, coasting downhill and taking up space at work as they wax nostalgic about Leave It to Beaver and Woodstock to stave off the inevitable midlife crisis. Or something like that.
To many, the image of the baby boom generation has been reduced to a monolithic and decidedly unsexy demographic. Bu break down the stereotype and you’ll find little more than a series of myths.
So let’s look at them one by one. Here, nine prominent observers — from celebrated PBS filmmaker Ken Burns to futurist J. Walker Smith to authors Patricia Cohen and Suzanne Braun Levine — puncture the prevailing myths about boomers and replace them with what is far more useful: the reality.