Nix The X. This Is About How We Shouldn't Be Labeled "Generation X"

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Nix The 'X'There are a variety of terms from which to choose: The Lost Generation, the MTV Generation, Generation PC, Busters, the Information Generation, the Bitter Bunch, the 13th Generation, Generation Next, the Soundbite Generation . . . We have been slapped with more stickers than a Deadhead's van. For those of us who grew up on MTV, video games, and microwave dinners, these are far from complimentary terms. My generation doesn't deserve the title 'Generation X' because it is an incorrect label that boomers gave us without justification. The phrase 'Baby Boomer' has a nice ring to it, but 'Generation X', suggests that my generation, those people ages eight-teen to twenty-five, are lost or undefined. According to many analysts and modern philosophers, although we might be the generation that can surf the Internet or program a VCR, we lack the depth or direction to add value to society. Their theory suggests we are lazy, apathetic, and care little about the world - and even more notable, we are lost. Why do previous generations enjoy titles such as the World War I Generation and the Baby Boomers, while my generation is known as the lazy, do-nothing, bum-off-our-parents Generation Xers. Many people contend it is because we are slackers and haven't accomplished anything of substance. They also give us the title implying we care nothing of the world around us, and pay no attention to anything that doesn't show up on MTV. These assumptions are wrong for three reasons. Generation X faces more barriers at an earlier age than any generation before us. The people that so quickly labeled our generation took even less time to analyze it, they gave the verdict before they listened to the case. Third, we are politically aware , we are just focused on different issues than our predecessors.First, my generation is being challenged by enormous obstacles including the decreasing quality of public schooling as well as the increasing costs of a college education. We are being challenged globally in the workplace unlike generations of the past and are not as well prepared in High School for this competition as the Japanese and Europeans are. In addition, one has to practically mortgage his or her future to pay for a college education. My parents paid off their college educations' within one year of graduating. This is unheard of today. Not only are well paying jobs scarce, but their summer wages could not pay a semester's tuition. These days, a bachelor's degree is required to obtain any kind of management position for the job seeking Generation Xer, but there are currently many non-degreed mid-level boomer generation managers. This illustrates the lower standards for entry-level managers of the past. This 'education inflation' is continuing to rise and is a significant obstacle for my generation.The second argument is related to the chicken or the egg dilemma. Did my generation deserve the name Generation X or did we fulfill the prophecy of Generation X? I...

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