Fact check – Corporate America chases the Mythical Millenial

link to the editorial

Claim 1: Millennials don’t read the news

Evidence 1: “I can predict all this because I work in the news media, and one of the primary functions of the media these days is to traffic in gleefully broad generalizations and criticisms of millennials, the more than 75 million Americans born about 1980 to 2000. Although 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 (including The New York Times) as a collectively homogeneous cliche.”

Fact Check 1: Partly True. This is actually a pretty reliable source. He says that he works in the news media and mentions that he traffics broad generalizations and criticisms of millennials. If it his job to analyze the different comments in his news network, he probably knows what he’s talking about. Then he says “millennials are now the largest demographic group in the country” he links the sources he got it from and that source is very trustworthy. It has all the numbers of the amount of people in each generations and even has graphs on it.

Claim 2 : Millennials aren’t real

evidence 2: “Consider the question of the best way to manage millennials. Say you have a worker who plays hooky from your online news site to go build a treehouse, or one who takes an extended leave to go a snowboarding trip, then never returns to work. What should you do? One approach is to blame these workers’ millennialness: They’re young, they’ve never had to should any responsibility in life, and the really can’t with all your rules, man.

According to Laszlo Bock, who runs human resources at Google, pigeonholing workers into categories is nothing new, and it’s rarely helpful in running a work space.”

Fact Check 2 : misleading. He uses different links of when he talks about playing hooky and taking an extended leave to go on a snowboarding trip. They both are reliable sources he used. Although I feel like he is using these accurate sources to distract from his point because the sources are reliable. When he uses the source from Laszlo Bock, he is making his argument even stronger by mentioning someone who is someone who runs the human resources at a huge company such as Google. He then backs it up by saying what Bock is famous for (collecting and analyzing data about its work force).

Claim 3:  These broad terms leave lots of room for individual difference that matter in the real world

Evidence 3 : “For instance, while it’s true that millennials are more likely than older people to describe themselves as “religiously unaffiliated,” the increased rate at which they do so isn’t huge. In a 2014 pew study, 29 percent of millennials said they weren’t religious, versus 21 percent of people in Generation X. Millennials: They’re just like us!

…another Pew survey from 2014 found that while most millennials favored the legalization of gay marriage, millennials who describe themselves as Democrats were more likely to favor it than Republican millennials.”

Fact check 3: True. In both of these studies that he mentioned, they are both very reliable. They are both surveys that they collected and have graphs and all sorts of numbers that make the sources very trustworthy. He uses these two studies as example in order to make his claim stronger.


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2 Responses to Fact check – Corporate America chases the Mythical Millenial

  1. Cameron Small says:

    Your analysis of each piece of evidence is well thought out. Regarding the generalizations made about millennials, I feel as though because the past decade has been an era in which technology and social media have been heavily embraced by the millennial generation. I think older generations see this attachment as a sign of unproductiveness and tend to look down upon us because of it.

  2. Winston Berger says:

    You have done a great job fact checking, but I think one problem with this article is that it may be too agreeable. I just read the entire thing, and I pretty much agree with most of what the author has to say. I think you may want to find an article that is easier to disagree with, because I think many people would agree that you can’t generalize all millennials or all people of any age group. Also, the first claim you fact checked is taken back later in the editorial. The author says, “It’s not true that millennials don’t read the news, as I implied above.” He imbeds a link to give evidence for this point. I think he meant it as a joke originally to go along with the stereotypes of millennials, just to trip us up later when he decides to actually break apart those stereotypes. Anyways, your fact checks are good, but I may think you want to choose a different, more objectionable editorial.

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