Generation X

Generation X
When seeking information on differences, good and bad, between the Baby Boomers and Generation X, what better experts than my parents. After all they have done the 50?s thru the 90?s. They have seen the different trends and I?m sure attempted to set a few of their own. As the conversation went on about the differences and similarities, we all became passionate about certain aspects of growing up. It started with the clothes, and then television and it got intense when we got to the music. We couldn?t move off the music and onto the next comparisons, which would have been politics and then the effects television has had. Both of which are slightly mentioned in this paper but certainly not in the depth they deserve. When all was said and done about music, I walked away strongly believing that there are those of us who have no doubt that as Don McLain says in his song ?American Pie,? there is truly a day when the music died. The difference of opinion is when did the music die? Was it when Buddy Holly died or Elvis? Was it when Janis Joplin died? Some people say that it was when Jimmy Hendrix died. Some of today?s youth feel it was when Kurt Cobain died. This discussion can go on and on into the next millennium when different names will be added to that list. Each generation will decide for themselves when the music died and they will each be idealistically correct. Socially, we grow from generation to generation. There are different habits that each generation has, but in the end, each generation is the same as the one before and the one before that. One generation just develops different habits. In the end people all want the same thing, but they go about it differently. What was important to the generation of the 60?s, things like peace, banning the bomb, gun control, equality for all are some of the same things this generation is striving for thirty years later. Music, obviously is not the defining moment of any generation, although, it is a powerful one. Each generation has to decide what road to take when it comes to being in sync with the rest of its generation. The decision to watch a particular television show can put a person outside a circle of friends, the clothes or hairstyles can make or break an individual with peers, as well as what a person listens to when it comes to music.
In deciding what television shows to watch s people are preparing themselves or should I say molding themselves to how they are going to appear in public. The hairstyle, what clothes to dress in, or as Savan said in her article, how a person will be exploited by the media. As I Love Lucy did in the 50?s, Mod Squad did in the 60?s, Mary Tyler Moore did in the 70?s, Dallas did in the 80?s and 90210 has done in the 90?s. Television has the power to condition a persons mind and guides how, when and where he/she lives. Creative minds like Arron Spelling, who has entertained families for over 20 years with shows that as had an impact on at least two generations and continues to do so. His contributions are many with shows like Dynasty, Dallas, Hotel and 90210. Each of Spellings shows have been highly rated in its day and each one offers premium rates to grab a thirty second advertising spot during the show. Can anyone say that they were not ?mildly? (Maasik and Solomon 215) influenced by the ad campaigns that were shown during the show? An ad for the snacks people were eating often appears while watching popular shows. Children send their parents to the store the next day to pick up a certain pair of jeans, a toy or sneakers. Spelling indirectly molded a generation into a Lays potato chip eating, Jordache jean wearing, twister playing, and converse-wearing consumer.
As Spelling had done in the 70?s, we know have David E. Kelly who has the same impact on the 90?s with his influence in television. Kelly produces shows such as The Practice, Chicago Hope, and Ally McBeal. All of these shows are highly rated; the viewership is diverse, and no doubt influenced by what they see, as were those who watched the Spelling shows.
Medias influence remains the same and is divided into television, music and print. What is extracted, and we all extract something, becomes that generation?s folklore. These are the stories that will be handed down to the next generation about the ones that has gone by. To define a generation as a group that is as Kirn says, ?Mildly disillusioned? and ?recycling anger into irony, pain into poses? (Maasik and Solomon 215) relates to all generations. The 60?s had an angry group who protected against a war, daily. In 1968 at the Democratic Convention, riots broke out because there were ?mildly disillusioned? (Masssik and Solomon 215) people outside wanting to be heard. The 70?s we had the anger and ?mildly disillusioned? because of the Watergate scandal and President Nixon?s involvement in it. The 80?s had Americans feeling the same because of hostages being held in Iran by religious fanatics. The 90?s, America feels this way because people are so beat up by the system. Partisan politics that denies its citizens national health care. The media won?t stop trying to get the smallest of dirt on a public figure and bring him and his family total embarrassment even if a truck hit it. The Lewensky scandal has followed President Clinton half of his term in office, is yet another issue echoing Kirns statements, that yet again today we have a generation ?mildly disillusioned? and ?recycling anger into irony, pain into pose? as it did the one before and the one before and so on.
These feelings of disillusionment and anger are echoed in the music we listen to. Our music has become as much maligned as the generations themselves. When people say the words of today?s songs are empty and shallow, or that they insight people to kill themselves or others, they are implying that the generation of today is a woefully wasted one. To hear people from the 50?s beat up the Stones, the Beatles, groups that made music for twenty plus years. That?s staying power in any craft that does dictate that one is good at what they do. With this being said, to say today?s music is better, or not what it used to be, is an injustice to those who listen to it. For one to state that The Who are better than rem, that Zeppelin and the Doors can?t hold a drum stick to Metallica or ZZ top is irrelevant. Each captured the ear of its generation and sang about the social woes that affected them, yet at a different time. What Frank Sinotra did for one heart, Lionel Richie did for another, and Ricky Martin does for yet another. All are good, all doing something for someone. The same holds true for Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan and Kenny Rogers. The words reach out and touch someone, someway. They can even motivate you to take action against violent crimes, pollution, and for gun control. To blame movies or music for such violent acts as the shooting at Columbine High School by a few kids who thought it was cool to be called the ?trench coat mafia? and seek revenge for being, what they felt was, treated cruelly by there peers goes back to the point made earlier about the injustice that one generation does to the other with there general statements. No music or movie can inspire this and nothing in society says that this is okay. We each had that musical genius that moved us in one direction or another. The Beatles, The Stones, The Goo-Goo dolls, The Beastie Boys or N-Sync. The styles are different, the message the same. We want someone to touch us and inspire us. We need to be motivated to right what is wrong in our society or what we feel is wrong, be it equality for all passing legislation for national health care or fighting pollution.
The same must be said for each generation that passes. The styles are different, the message the same, the end must justify the means no matter who holds the cards. You can?t riot in the streets of New York or Los Angeles causing harm to people and property to shed light on the lack of equality. Al Sharpton is equal to John Q. Public. Because Sharpton calls for a ?rally? that?s turns ?ugly? he and any powerful figure is subject to the same laws that govern us all. Yes, strength is in numbers, we have learned that throughout our lives. This has to be used to a persons advantage. There is a society today that has been thru so many changes over the last 200 years. Changes, some for better, some not. So when the stories are written in 2020 about the generation of the 1990?s, the reader must remember, for it will hold true then that socially, we are the same, creatures of our environment, reaping what we sow.

Generation X 9.8 of 10 on the basis of 4108 Review.