This article from Atlanta Magazine, titled “Make Way for Atlanta’s Millennials” by Feifei Sun, is about how millennials in Atlanta have made drastic changes and improvements to the city. She credits this to their striking creativity and unique motivation. (Photo is hyperlinked with web address to article.)
Claim 1: “Young adults have always commanded a certain amount of attention. Wide-eyed, unseasoned, and often commitment-free, they’re generally more willing to take risks and disrupt the status quo.”
Evidence: “Survey any major news outlet and you’ll find headlines about how millennials are changing travel, dining, the workplace, and more. Scan any social media platform and you’ll find untold numbers of duck faces and selfies (more than 90 percent of Instagram users are under 35). In fact, millennials are arguably the reason Oxford Dictionaries declared selfie as 2013’s word of the year and most certainly the reason 2015’s word of the year wasn’t a word at all but a “face with tears of joy” emoji, the modern-day hieroglyph that’s become a popular form of millennial expression.” The author is making assumptions about the purpose of the behavior she describes. She also generalizes the millennial generation to be widely “commitment-free,” which could fuel an argument from those who find themselves drowning in commitments in this generation.
Claim 2: “But millennials have had an especially scrutinized turn in the cultural spotlight. They’re considered optimistic and innovative—but narcissistic and lazy, too.”
Evidence: No evidence is presented to back up this claim. The author seems to do this in order to keep millennials in a positive light yet still address their dichotomy. Her claim that millennials are “narcissistic and lazy” is partially true, but it generalizes the entire generation.
Claim 3: “They’re simultaneously history’s most diverse and well-educated generation and perhaps its most coddled and entitled.”
Evidence: “Having grown up hearing how special they are, 40 percent of them expect a promotion every year or two.”
Claim 4: “That impact is evident.” Descriptor of “impact”: [“They’re not just the biggest group of individuals in our country now; they’re digital natives…they’re incredibly connected…and they crave authenticity…All of that is going to have a huge impact on our city.”]
Evidence: “Millennial-driven organizations such as WonderRoot and Living Walls are behind a boom in public art that’s transforming the look of MARTA stations and neighborhoods across the city. Raised in the Internet age, millennials’ desire to be connected to each other and their preference for experiences over material possessions has influenced the rise in communal, mixed-use spaces such as Ponce City Market and the businesses surrounding them.”
Claim 5: “In the years ahead, we’ll feel the impact of millennials on other aspects of the city, including public policy.”
Evidence: “The Atlanta Board of Education currently has three millennial members, among them Chairman Courtney English. And the Atlanta Regional Commission formed a 135-person Millennial Advisory Panel last year to gather insight into how to tackle some of the metro area’s biggest challenges, such as transit.”
Claim 6: “Study after study shows that millennials crave the chance to make this kind of difference.”
Evidence: “An overwhelming 94 percent want to use their skills to benefit a cause, according to one report—and that they prefer purpose over pay. Susanna Spiccia, 29, worked at a job she hated for a year and a half just to save up enough money to launch her own nonprofit, Re:imagine/ATL, in 2014.”
Sun has proven that her facts and statistics are legitimate because they all reinforce her argument very clearly. It seems that she has done her own research and chosen a region to examine millennials within that is very reasonable, as millennials in the Atlanta area share a culture that sets them apart from other groups. Because this ‘class’ of millennials is so unified through geography and influence within itself, it is logical for Sun to make these claims and explain how Atlanta is being shaped by these factors.