Bashing Millennials: Editorial Response



“Everyone knows millennials don’t read news” (Para 1)

–False; This claim that millennials don’t read the news is obviously not true. Even here at Georgia Tech, I see almost every student is interested in the news around the world from elections to terror attacks.

“Millennials are now the largest demographic group in the country and though they are  more racially diverse than any other generation in American history, they are often depicted on TV, in movies and music, and in the news as a collectively homogeneous cliché” (Para 2)

–true; .  The source and many other across the vast internet show evidence throughout studies and tests that millennials are in fact the most diverse group yet in history.

“Millennials aren’t real” (Para 5)

–Well, this is obviously false because I’m alive.

“you are as likely to come upon an archetypal millennial as you are to run into Joe Sixpack or be invited to a barbecue at the median American household.” (Para 6)

–Partially true;  while the millennial generation is the largest generation and most diverse, the “archetypal millennial/the millennial that is depicted in tv shows/stereotypical teen is just as rare/common as any other person on the street.  Travel through the Universities of America and you’ll find millennials all over the place who are more dedicated to success than their parents’ generation was.

“They’re young, they’ve never had to shoulder any responsibility in life, and they really can’t even with all your rules, man.” (para 9)

–False, While this part of the editorial gives evidence through millennial slang, that slang is hardly found in any millennials these days.  Millennials are being put in the positions to run the great technological boom– possible the greatest innovation in the world…no one can say millennials are lazy and have no responsibilities.

“What’s most bizarre about efforts to describe young people as a broad collective is that technology has rendered such generalizations mostly unnecessary.” (para 19)

–False.  A generation is unnecessary? No.  It is this millennial generation that is transforming this technology into the greatness that it will become.

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“Or, as I believe my millennial friends say, “yass literal epic fail hashtag, bro.” (Para 7)

–Millennial slang backs up the ideas that millennials are too lazy to even talk correctly.

“What we’ve seen is that every single generation enters the work force and feels like they’re a unique generation, and the generation that’s one or two ahead of them looks back and says, ‘Who are these weird, strange kids coming into the work force with their attitudes of entitlement and not wanting to fit in?’” Mr. Bock said. “It’s a cycle that’s been repeated every 10 to 15 years for the last 50 years.”(para 12)

–The millennials are actually not that significant, as stated by this quote integrated into the article.  Perhaps millennials are not as important than they supposedly believe themselves to be.

“We measure this sort of thing closely, and if you look at what their underlying needs and aspirations are, there’s no difference at all between this new generation of workers and my generation and my father’s generation,” (para 14)

–As in the evidence before, millennials are of no more or less worth than the generation before us; they are no more different than the hippies.

“millennials: Compared to older cohorts, they tend to be more socially liberal when it comes to issues like gay marriage and marijuana use, they marry later in life, and they are less enamored of traditional religious and political institutions.” (para 15)

–This quote shows why people of previous generations are afraid of this new millennial generation and why they often bash the generation.  Millennials are changing alot of things that many generations before them has as set traditions such a religion, gay marriage, and illegal product usage.

“In a 2014 Pew study 29 percent of millennials said they weren’t religious, versus 21 percent of people in Generation X, which Pew defined as those born from 1965 to 1980.” (Para 17)

–Statistics through a study are given to prove claims made throughout the editorial, specifically proving the evidence previous to this one.

“Joan Kuhl, one of the aforementioned army of millennial consultants, told me that one of her primary jobs these days was to undo companies’ preconceived notions about millennials.” (para 20)

–It is shown in this quote how people actually have jobs to work on millennial stereotypes, proving that this is a heavy topic and many people take concern about the new generation.

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2 Responses to Bashing Millennials: Editorial Response

  1. Alexander Lopez says:

    As I was reading through the article and clicking on the hyperlinked words, I noticed that a lot of Manjoo’s sources are not really sources (example, “I can’t even” takes you to a meme site), so that should make it easy to attack their creditability. Additionally, Manjoo does retract his statement that millennials don’t read the news, “(Oh, I should do that, too: It’s not true that millennials don’t read the news, as I implied above. Hi, millennials — thanks for reading!)” (End of second to last paragraph). You can use this inconsistency to your advantage when addressing the strength of the article as a whole. Finally, I was presented with a similar claim that millennials have never had to shoulder any responsibility in my article. I would suggest citing statistics describing the average debt that a student graduates with or how many students work while in school to pay for school to show that millennials have, and still are, handling the duties and responsibilities presented to them.


  2. Haowei Li says:

    The editorial you choose is about the mythical aspect of millennials. It first focuses on the negative aspects of millennials and later in the article, it changes to emphasize some positive aspects of millennials. Then, about you response to the editorial: first, I appreciate your clear layouts. You make these claims clear enough for readers to read and to find where they are in the original editorial. Also, you did a lot of logical analysis according to those claims and indicate whether they are true or false in your opinions and logics. That is good. However, there are something that you can improve. First, you are supposed to connect each evidence to each claim as the prompt of this blog post suggests. Also, you need to put the link and illustrate the authority of the evidence as to show whether the evidence is convincing or not. Sometimes you need to focus more on the evidence (fact check) rather than those logical issues.

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