Curious generational anomalies


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In Russia, whenever there is some disaster, the locals gather around and follow a timeworn procedure, asking who is to blame and what can be done, in that order.

Trying to ascribe characteristics to western generations is fraught – I’ve been reading much of late and no two advertising people can agree, so ascribing blame to any one generation is equally fraught – but this post is going to damn well try.

Historians can point to key times and fairly universal characteristics across society at those times – not over the whole generation but at those points. An example is WWII, when most were in agreement across society about the Hun and Jap and there was a spirit of having to go off and do one’s duty – Dad’s Army.

Critics might argue that external threat will lift people in a way that peacetime doesn’t and that once indolence and security set in, then it’s downhill. Maybe.

The two demarcating years pretty well agreed upon are 1946 for the start of the Boomers and 1982 for the start of the Millennials. That gives an 18 year period for each.

Gen Z are hardly mentioned in the media but they’ve been at it now in the background some 16 years – surprising, is it not? Overshadowed by the Millennials.

1892 to 1910: Lost Generation

Midpoint: 1900/01

Of age: WWI, jazz age, cultural marxism, surrealism

Personalities: Alinsky [09], Enoch [12]

1910 to 1928: Greatest Generation

Midpoint: 1918/19

Of age: WWII, 50s

Personalities: Sinatra [15], Deano [17], JFK [17], Leary [20], Warhol [28]

1928 to 1946: Silent Generation

Midpoint: 1936/37

Of age: the creative era, hippy drug era, Easy Rider, 60s revolution

Personalities: MLK [29], Soros [30], Manson [34], Kochs [35], Elvis [35], Hopper [36], Lennon [40], McCartney [42], Lou Reed [42], Woodstock [many 44]

1946 to 1964: Boomers

Midpoint: 1954/55

Of age: 70s punk, new wave, rebellion, acid house, ska, today’s entrepeneurs

Personalities: Lydon [56], The Beat [56], McEnroe [59], Obama [61], Oakenfold [63]

1964 to 1982: Gen X

Midpoint: 1972/73

Of age: disco era, boring 90s, rise of bland, useless people

Personalities: Cameron [66], Take That [71], Morissette [74], Moss [74], Beckham [75], R Brand [75], Spice Girls [76], Kardashian [80], Hilton [81], Beyonce [81], Federer [81], Spears [81]

Of age: start of the bland, incompetent era

1982 to 2000: Millennials

Midpoint: 1990/91

Of age: from 2009 crisis till now, early drugs and sex, leftist teachers, self-entitlement, bleak prospects or obscene money

Personalities: Nadal [86], Church [86], Lohan [86], Sheeran [91], Cyrus [92]

2000 to 2018: Gen Z

Midpoint: 2008/09

Of age: around 2025-30

Personalities: Not yet

Subscribing to the wrong generation

For example, the Jazz Age’s bright young things/flappers were born turn of the century or earlier – it was obviously not people born in the 20s.

The 60s revolution was not down to the Boomers, who were still teenage – it was down to the Silent Generation before.

Ascribing the lost, dark, Sex Pistols era, earring in ear, punk nose-boning era to Gen X is actually wrong – those are the Boomers … and mid-Boomers too.

Gen X came of age much later, for example in Britney Spears – she is not quite Millennial, nor is Alanis Morissette.

There is a rump of lost girls all born around 1980-82, why I’m not sure and they are the first of today’s truly lost children, incapable, not having made the transition to maturity, even now in their mid 30s. Their parents were the Boomers.

Who were the first culpable generation?  

What I mean is that though the Britney Spearses and Miley Cyruses are so far gone as human beings – Kate Moss, Lindsay Lohan – with drugs altering personalities of so many Millennials and rendering any discussion about guilt pointless – it’s not their fault they are largely uneducated and concerned with unhealthy things, deeply self-entitled and embracing victimhood – it’s the fault of those bringing them up.

A culpable generation is one where most are well-educated, had the best medicine and tuition almost for free and parents who actually parented and still those young people deliberately turned their back on all that and rebelled. Sure there were causes – blacks and Vietnam – but to change the whole face of society and the balance of the generations?

The 50s film Rebel Without a Cause was about that. Listen to the clashing, discordant music in this Hollywood churn-out – you remember the post on atonalism?

Look at that technicolour which actually brought light to the cinematography – why was the film, even a drama, bathed in those sorts of tones, still dark in grating mood?  Why the darkness in 1955, supposedly a time of great hope for so many new families?  Why?  What muvvers directed this to happen?

It was this push from everyone from the Frankfurt School heirs to Leary to Kesey to Wolfe to Easy Rider and so on and it rode heavily on hard drugs like acid and heroin. Whichever way you cut it, those things do alter perception and are hugely expensive, which then involves crime.

“Kids” were, essentially, ambushed in the 50s and early 60s.

Though I’m sheeting it home to the generation partly Silent Generation, e.g. the Tuesday Welds [43] through to people still inflicting damage – Corbyn, for example [born 49] Harbag [50], Clinton H [47], William Jefferson [46] – it must also be sheeted home to their wimpy parents who seemed to believe anything the media told them to and to the evil muvvers pushing it all.

To name one – John Phillips who created Woodstock for his minders to push drugs and make a killing for pharma. Whether he raped his daughter at 11 or not, he certainly f***ed her up in the mind and this motif is played out with so many Millennials today.

There’s a huge difference between being a wild child and one who is wrecking other human beings who don’t know what’s hit them.

The 50s were the days of Benjamin Spock, telling parents through magazines and on TV what to do, don’t ever smack your child, never say no as you’ll hurt the little flower … and so on.  That generation had just lived through hell as children, wanted only the best for their darlings and so it went.

I remember clearly being at a friend’s house when a new song came out or at least it seemed new – maybe it was years old, it’s from Bye Bye Birdie:

Looking back now, it was a deliberate attempt, as had been Rebel without a Cause, to introduce an issue, not to comment on an existing one. Outside of film, TV, radio and other media, there was no issue, the whole thing is a construct.

And as the evil muvvers who do these things always did, it was coated in a light, sugary casing to make it all fun and palatable.  There was nothing wrong with that “kid” in that clip – it was the two adults who made it so.  Looking back now, I cannot forgive the left for doing this and I remember at the time saying to my friend’s mother – there’s no issue with me, I’m not a problem child. But she was still anxious about me though.

Sure I was a bit free-roaming and wild but still spoke with respect.  Now why did those parents of that generation start doing that?  Death wish?

And still, despite all the things we did, we were still not quite human flotsam yet, we’d been too well educated, we were too comfortable – demonstrating during the day and coming home to a cooked meal on the table with apple pie for afters, thanks mum.

Not this one today though, not Peaches Geldof either:

The parents of the culpable generation

Taking a late 50s point of, say, 1958, with an eldest child of 11, all seemingly well, how old were the parents?

OK, dad had come back from the war, been demobbed, he was how old? Let’s say 22 in ’39, birth 1919. Mum may have been born 1925. So those parents had grown up in precisely the time period where parents were doing the same thing as in the 60s – throwing their hands up in the air as the new, post WWI children started out on life in the Jazz Age.

F Scott Fitzgerald – see how his girl was brought up. You might say you can’t use celebs as models for an age – why not? people looked up to them, modelled themselves on the fashions and lifestyle, just as the young emulate the Winehouses and Byneses today.

What we have here then is Them’s first attempt at destabilizing society post-war. And the causes? Feminism of course, disrespect, immodesty on the beach – I know, I know it was amusingly chaste in today’s terms but the process was the same – women smoking, speakeasies.

Wodehouse and Christie described the Bright Young things – Lady Eileen, Tommy and Tuppence and the lord of the manor muttering that he didn’t understand the young today.  This is Christie, from Seven Dials [39]:

Every one made such a fuss over things nowadays! They wanted injections before they had teeth pulled – they took drugs if they couldn’t sleep – they wanted easy chairs and cushions and the girls allowed their figures to slop about anyhow and lay about half naked on the beaches in summer.

There was a series of short films on the hidden life of Europe between wars, the depression, the way mothers were prostituted out in Paris and Berlin, the history we never read of – it’s gone off youtube now. It was a time of degradation, after the false hope of the 20s, it presaged war in ’39. Screenshot from it:

pregnant prostitute

In those Depression days, parents of the 50s were 15 to 20 years old, the young men ripe for more slaughter a few years later. It has to affect a person.  Born just after a conflagration, given false hope and dropping personal standards, hit by Depression, hit then by another conflagration. Nice.

Come the 50s, all they wanted was to make a home and put the horror behind them. And what happened? Spock, Korea, what’s the matter with kids today, Vietnam.

Which generation was the most culpable? Probably the early Boomers, as their rebellion was unnecessary and once they were done, they became the new banksters and corporate heads.  But it was muvvers like this who drove it:

4 comments for “Curious generational anomalies

  1. john in cheshire
    February 26, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    In a clip from a Bob Dylan interview that I watched some time ago on YouTube, he was asked about his success and how it had happened. Dylan ascribed it to signing a pact with the devil. He didn’t seem to be joking; in fact he seemed a little nervous about saying that.

    • February 26, 2016 at 8:06 pm

      Just one of them.

  2. Errol
    February 27, 2016 at 8:43 am

    I’m sure it’s generational but not cultural more the times those individuals lived through. Increasingly the concept of society has been eroded to individualism. Kids don’t respect their betters because no one has ever taught them who they are and their place in the world. The previous generation has been taught it can have and do what it likes with impunity.

    Through all these mutations the country has suffered.

    • February 27, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      Life achievement counts for nowt these days.

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