TIME’s new cover makes me so mad I could write essays about it, but instead I’m going to keep job hunting since in today’s world a university degree means nothing and therefore like much of my generation, I’m stuck choosing between minimum wage jobs and internships that I can’t afford to accept in an attempt to pay off my tens of thousands of dollars worth of student debt.
I’d be interested in reading this article to see exactly what makes us entitled and lazy. Are we lazy because more of us are completing high school and going to college than ever before? Are we entitled because our standard of living is declining? Do we live with our parents because we’re too slothful to leave or is because our education costs are getting steeper and steeper while we’re getting less and less aid?
Tell us, Time Magazine, about how we’re narcissistic little slugs when we’re faced with an economic crisis that resulted in a lowering of our standard of living, an increase in tuition costs and how when we get out of our very expensive schools, more and more of us are going to end up working minimum wage jobs.
I think it’s pretty obvious that the people reblogging this haven’t read the article, because I just did, and the actual message of the article reflects the sub-heading on the cover: “Why they’ll save us all.”
The article begins, “Millennials are a generation mostly of teens and 20-somethings known for constantly holding up cameras, taking pictures of themselves, and posting them online. They are narcissistic, over-confident, entitled and lazy. Their self-centeredness could bring about the end of civilization as we know it. Or…they’re the new greatest generation.”
“The New Greatest Generation” is the title of the article, and it’s excellent, accurate, and brutally honest. I suggest reading it before you jump to conclusions about what message Time magazine is trying to send about our generation. It calls us positive, adaptable, honorable, and important. It also calls us self-centered, which I think we are. I don’t think it’s a bad thing, and neither does Time. This praises us for believing in ourselves and learning to conquer a changing landscape that makes it extremely hard to thrive in the typical “American Dream.” It argues that instead, we’re making our own. And that is not a bad thing.