can we talk about the fact that when it comes to both ziam & larry these boys can’t stay single for more than 5 fucking minutes before they’re onto the next “relationship” meanwhile niall’s been flying solo and under the radar for like 7 years straight…
does no one else (antis) see how weird and fucky that is???
Generation Z, millenials, baby boomers, etc. don’t actually exist because a) there’s no clear demographic cut point to when a generation starts or begins, and b) those names only apply to very limited ways to the US, because a ‘baby boomer’ born at the same time in Argentina or Brazil or China or Russia would have a completely different worldview and upbringing, so the traits we assign to them are only appliable (and in a very limited view) to the US
That said, STOP EATING FUCKING DETERGENT PEOPLE WHAT THE FUCK
Was playing with the DBZ Fusion Generator with a friend, and couldn’t resist drawing this one. Chi-Chi fused with Whis…CHIIS. Hey it works with the name puns too! Goku’s worst nightmare? Or unrealized fantasy?
Jokes on him. She’s going to make him farm and cultivate an entire planet!
>___> Awright so this is a stupid thing I jotted down at like 4 in the morning a couple weeks ago, it’s a disorganized stream-of-consciousness lump and intentionally hammy/over the top, but a friend said I oughta post it anyway. So… here you go.
“Mil-LENnials,” the greying, suited figure spat, looming over the prone and bleeding form of a geek-hipster-emo-nerd. The battlefield was strewn with bitter casualties on all sides.
“You and your smart phones and your MEMES and your avocado toast! Gen X changed nothing. At least they were smart enough to accept that from the start. What did you expect to do that they could not?” He laughed bitterly.
“They were stronger, more rebellious, more sarcastic than you. You were always SOFT. Bleeding hearts! And we - WE were the Flower Children. The Free Love Generation! How can you participation-trophy idiots hope to succeed where we did not? Fools.You’re finished. You’ll be getting old. You’ll see… In time, you too shall serve the Machine.“
From the ground the millennial laughed, coughing blood and wishing for access to healthcare.
“You think this is funny?” the Boomer snarled. “You haven’t even produced children. No one is coming for you.”
“Hahaahhh… No, yeah.” The millennial wheezed. “It IS funny. See… You’re wrong about Gen X. They didn’t have to change anything. They held the line, you see - they just had to buy us time. You never listened to us, but we never listened to you either. We and our crippling poverty and our newfangled technology aren’t going to fall in line. And bit by bit, we’re destroying your precious industries. Your traditions. We are rejecting your hate. And you’re right. There may not be anyone coming after us YET. But other than punk rock and grunge, Gen X has one more thing you’re not expecting…”
“And just what is -”
There was a sudden tremor in the ground beneath them. Over the din of battle, a flock of birds scattered into the sky, and a deathly silence followed.
“…. What is… What was that?” The suited figure demanded.
In the distance there was a low and rising roar. The Boomer stepped back, uncertainty in his eyes.
The millennial smiled around their split lip and shattered Google Glass.
“Gen X has… great kids.”
The roar was resolving into words, screamed in a thousand voices as enraged and informed teenagers boiled over the hill behind them.
“ENOUGH! ENOUGH! ENOUGH! ENOUGH!”
The millennial laughed hysterically, clutching their wounds as the Boomer looked at the oncoming wave, aghast. The millennial dragged themselves up onto their knees, coughing, and they stood side by side with the Boomer as they watched the approaching rush.
“They’re smart kids, you know?” the millennial smiled. “I think they’re going to do fine.”
Bashing of the “Harry Potter Generation” (and why it’s dumb as fuck)
So for a fanart piece I was looking up reference pictures under the search term “knife fight”. Within the first page of image results I saw one labelled “East Side Story: Frozen, Harry Potter Knife Fight Scheduled for 2018″ with a badly photoshopped image detailing the combatants are Elsa and Albus Severus Potter.
After checking to make sure I hadn’t slipped into some bizarre alternate dimension, I realized it was a very contrived metaphor for the fact that both the Cursed Child and Frozen musicals were premiering on Broadway around the same time, and the article speculated on which one would be the bigger draw based on demographics.
Except the author of this article was ruthless when it came to the various age demographics of the Harry Potter fanbase. Their attitude seemed to be that if you’re over the age of 14 and still like HP, you’re kind of pathetic. They noted that due to the 21-year existence of HP material, from the first book published in 1997 to the appearance of CC on Broadway this year, the general fanbase of HP has an exceptionally large age range, with the upper limit being in the mid-30s. The author divided it into two generations, the Millennials who grew up with the birth of HP, and the “Centennials” (Gen-Zs?) who grew up with the end of the HP series.
But their judgmental attitude toward both Millennials and so-called Centennials was revealed in their language. They went on to describe both groups, calling the Centennials “the Entitled” and asserting that these fans would “demand” their poor-to-middle class parents buy them the expensive Broadway tickets or else the parents “will have to listen to them whine about it forever, which is a typical [characteristic of this generation].” The author went on to insult the literacy of this generation, claiming that they “probably never even picked up a [HP] book” and “only saw the last two movies but still feel they are entitled to everything special.”
The author when on to say that any of the older group, the Millennials, who are still interested in HP, are still “stuck in a fantasy world” and “probably live in their parents’ basements.” They conceded that some Millennials have “grown up” and “left the wizardly world behind,” but that the new CC play would give them an excuse to “divest themselves of reality.”
I should note that in their analysis of the Frozen demographic, their language was not biased at all. They simply stated that the 5-10 age group was most interested in it, that some parents even enjoy Frozen as well, hearkening back to their own childhood raised on Disney, and that that’s all a-okay.
The article then concluded by discussing how to measure a show’s success: certainly not by critics’ reviews nor gross ticket sales, since those can be misleading, but best by seeing how many theatergoers return to see the show a second time, and some discussion of the decline of the popularity of theatre and how younger generations don’t go as frequently as older generations.
Now I’m not going to even comment on this author’s blatantly biased attitude against anyone between the ages of 15-35. They’re not the first to call us “entitled” and they likely won’t be the last. That isn’t my grump. What I take issue with is the bald disrespect to large swathes of theatre fans on the simple metric of which show they are interested in attending.
You wonder about the decline of theatre among recent generations? There are many factors: different social structures (yes, today we have the Internet but your grandparents didn’t have anything to do on a Friday night except go to the theatre) and accessibility being chief among them (despite what the author claims, I know Millenials and Gen-Zs to be more cost-conscious than previous generations; for a generation already or about to be drowning in student debt and poor wages, we’re least likely to spring for expensive tickets that we or our families can’t afford). I am also wondering if this author truly believes that the average 15 year old is so “cultured” that Broadway tickets are the thing they’ll whine to their parents about to the end of days (evidently, since they think that 5 year olds have a genuine appreciation for a production of Frozen beyond just “Look mommy it’s Elsa!”).
More than that though–what favors, exactly, do they think they’re doing the theatre industry, by insulting and deriding a large group of potential theatergoers? It’s a surefire way to discourage young fans, telling them they’re stupid for not appreciating the Fine Art of Broadway, but when they do decide to catch a show, they’re not allowed to be interested in that one. The author should be ecstatic that any franchise is drawing new generations of theatre fans at all.
And their dig about HP fans having only seen the movies was unfair. I know in any fandom that involves both books and movies, there are a lot of purists who affect a superior air for having read the books first or never having seen the movies, but honestly, who the fuck cares? Personally, I was introduced to HP via the movies first. I never even picked up the books until well after DH2 was released, and I’m not unique in that. But the majority of movies-first fans I know invariably go on to read the source material. Though, in the context of the discussion in that article, it actually doesn’t matter if a fan really did only watch the movies and never read the books, because we aren’t talking about movies OR books here, we’re talking about THEATRE, so the path which led any person to want to see a Boradway musical is actually entirely irrelevant.
It’s also dumb to assume that adult fans of HP are all losers who are stuck in a perpetual adolescence. The author vanquishes their own argument with an earlier point, that these people grew up with the introduction and progression of the HP books and films. Of course we all feel a nostalgia for a piece of media that was a constant companion during our younger days, especially a franchise that was so universally popular that it was a veritable cultural phenomenon. This feeling is only intensified when one considers the great political, social, and economic turmoil that people of this demographic face–the future and the present are bleak, so why shouldn’t we “divest ourselves of reality” for a bit and take comfort in the memory of a past time when things were simpler and we could be certain that the forces of good would triumph in the end?
I can think of much worse ways that young adults could be spending their time than supporting the performing arts. Or are you, author, perhaps just a crotchety curmudgeon who can’t stand to see people having harmless fun?
I won’t link to the article because it doesn’t deserve the traffic.
A very sweet Gen Z barista with amazing nails told me today she has to remove them tonight because school goes back tomorrow. And, but, they’re completely inoffensive? elegant, matt, white nails? If she worked in an office or as a teacher or, well as a barista or SO MANY other jobs that would be totally fine, but schools are really policing this uniform thing hard these days! 😕 It still shocks me because even though we had uniforms when I was in school there was no way they were that pedantic about the minor details back then. It makes me wonder how micromanagy people are about everything else teenagers do now too 🤔
i think part of the divide between Gen Z and our parents, mostly Gen X, is the way we communicate.
I don’t know if this has happened with anyone else, but my mother tends to repeat what she says a lot, even after the person she’s talking to has made it clear that she’s been heard. Now, to me and many others my age, this would mean that my mom thinks we’re stupid and didn’t understand the first time.
For my mother, she’s reinforcing her point. I’m not sure why she feels that’s necessary if she knows she’s been heard, but there you have it.
of course it’s also entirely possible my mom never learned to speak to other people without viewing them as inferior to her, but i should hope that’s not the case
So I was playing around with that dragonball fusion thing and it sparked off a character so yay :D I think she came out really cute!
Buuuut she needs a name so if anyone can think of one that would be great!