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Kids These Days I ve never been one to blame millennials or make fun of them I interact with a lot of them as an educator and I ve been nothing but impressed They re better than my generation This book is a bleak look at what millennials have to deal with, but that s not why it s relevant It s important because the book takes a macro look at the economic trends that have resulted in this generation That and the excessive policing and drugging, but Harris claims that all of that stems from the exploitation of labor by capital I think he s mostly right Millennials are going to be worse off than their parents and grandparents generations because wealth inequality has increased drastically So the few that win will win big and the rest won t However, something else that is very millennial is the nihilism and pessimism of the generation They have every reason to be angry, but Harris offers no hope of change at all His solution section is the most depressing part of the book neither voting or protesting or volunteering will work Millennials are being told that they are screwed no matter what they do So if this book is a Marxist criticism of capitalism, there is neither opiate for the masses or workers uniting at the end Maybe because I am not a millennial, but I think that s wrong There are solutions He laments the This book seeks to get behind the stereotypes about the millennial generation to explain on the basis of research what is actually going on within the generation and what is not going on to deconstruct the popular hype about millennials Some of the prior comments on the book suggested that the author provided a fact based and rigorous approach to looking at generational issues Since I have continuing contacts with millennials in both my personal and professional life and have even been exposed to most of the stereotypes, I eagerly picked up the book and looked for enlightenment.After finishing the book, I am still looking and the song Won t get fooled again is increasingly playing in my head My three star rating is generous and likely than the book deserves.I grant the central intuition of the book, namely that the stereotypes about millennial slackers are wrong and that if anything millennials are too focused and competitive rather than the reverse I already knew this, however, and I long ago came to the realization that most if not all popular stereotypes are likely dead wrong even the ones you agree with.I will try to list my issues with this well intended and readable book This list is not exhaustive.First, the author assembles and comments on several lines of popular research in child rearing, education both secondary and post secondary , criminal justice, and popular culture Think Malcolm Gladwell and yo Easily the most important book yet written on the subject Any honest discussion of millennials ought to start here In which we see ourselves as the inflection point of late capitalism, or western civilization in general How will capitalism end If we look to the daily habits and life prospects of the generation born since the onset on neoliberalism, we start to get an answer talkin bout my generationMom and Dad, I don t blame you In retrospect, maybe seems unwise to procreate during this phase of capitalism, but I still love you anyway A properly historical materialist critique of social media very, very impressive, necessary right now Don t believe curmudgeonly idealists The media really is not the message in this case For a generation born after the epochal shift from a manufacturing to a service based economy, raised from birth as human capital, the kind of socializing facilitated by Facebook, Twitter, etc, is entirely adaptive In the brave dystopia of our present, there is no boundary between the personal and the economic Every aspect of life is an opportunity to gain a competitive advantage over one s peers Life itself is a permanent popula enjoyed this book, but I d have a hard time recommending it to anyone I would describe it as a series of essays about how capitalism overworks you and makes you crazy, and how millennials, born into our dysfunctional capitalism in decline, are overworked and made crazy Harris doesn t seem to be an expert in anything other than the on the ground experience of Occupy If you want to actually dig into the dysfunctions of public schools or independent contractor work or loan debt or the carceral state then he mentions books he s read about each So I mean, maybe as a sort of bibliography It s a bit too much preaching to the choir for me I dunno, in 2003 Immortal Technique wrote the time has come to realize your net worth in the market and stop bein a fuckin commodity and if you didn t understand what I just said then you already waitin to get fucked and it s still true If you re a millennial and you re not aware of this stuff then what are you even doing Trump is in the White House and you re still not paying attention Damn, dude And then even if you are within the weird triangle of 1 uninformed and 2 liberal t This book is so smart, so witty, and so fucking dead on about everything that it could ve only been written by a millennial Here s what Harris proposes how about we look at the Millennial generation the way corporations and governments have looked at them since the beginning as human capital to be relentlessly overworked, brainwashed into a hyper competitive mentality, and underpaid What he finds is so much convincing and compelling that any stupid bullshit Atlantic thinkpiece about how lazy we are The facts of Harris s story weren t all new to me he discusses at length the NCAA players strike, mass incarceration, the inflation of college tuition, endless student loan debt, the destruction of our environment, the over prescription of pills, etc , but what was totally fresh was how Harris ties all of these things to our do you mind if I use that pronoun age cohort The making of his title is literal we were fucking labrats, designed to be perfect social machines capable of producing than any other previous generation, I might add at any time of the day We re all sociopathic monsters, and if there s truth Harris s kind of hilariously bleak conclusion where he basically says that conscious consumerism, protesting, volunteering, and VOTING are all bullshit , then we re only gonna get worse.I can t remember identifying with a book so completely Every other page I had to shout out some line to my warped millennial girlfriend Every person from 20 40 must read this Strong argument that IT S NOT YOU, IT S CAPITALISM. A passionate polemic that sheds light on the ways in which our society has evolved to make every aspect of the lives of our children geared towards forming them into better workers The increasing structure of their so called leisure time, the ubiquity of social media, and increasingly rigid academic curricula are all, Harris argues, in the service of making children into human capital Though much of Harris analysis is convincing, there s a theoretical problem at the heart of the book Harris on the one hand, approaches his subject with a decidedly Marxist framework, but on the other hand, a lot of his problem with the treatment of young people as human capital seems not to be the darkness of that proposition, but rather, the fact that late capitalism fails to deliver on its promises In other words, at many points in the book, it seems like all of these problems would be made okay if only unemployment wasn t so hig The First Major Accounting Of The Millennial Generation Written By Someone Who Belongs To It Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker The Best, Most Comprehensive Work Of Social And Economic Analysis About Our Benighted Generation Tony Tulathimutte, Author Of Private Citizens The Kind Of Brilliantly Simple Idea That Instantly Clarifies An Entire Area Of Culture William Deresiewicz, Author Of Excellent Sheep Millennials Have Been Stereotyped As Lazy, Entitled, Narcissistic, And Immature We Ve Gotten So Used To Sloppy Generational Analysis Filled With Dumb Clich S About Young People That We Ve Lost Sight Of What Really Unites Millennials Namely We Are The Most Educated And Hard Working Generation In American History We Poured Historic And Insane Amounts Of Time And Money Into Preparing Ourselves For The 21st Century Labor Market We Have Been Taught To Consider Working For Free Homework, Internships A Privilege For Our Own Benefit We Are Poorer, Medicated, And Precariously Employed Than Our Parents, Grandparents, Even Our Great Grandparents, With Less Of A Social Safety Net To Boot Kids These Days, Is About Why In Brilliant, Crackling Prose, Early Wall Street Occupier Malcolm Harris Gets Mercilessly Real About Our Maligned Birth Cohort Examining Trends Like Runaway Student Debt, The Rise Of The Intern, Mass Incarceration, Social Media, And , Harris Gives Us A Portrait Of What It Means To Be Young In America Today That Will Wake You Up And Piss You Off Millennials Were The First Generation Raised Explicitly As Investments, Harris Argues, And In Kids These Days He Dares Us To Confront And Take Charge Of The Consequences Now That We Are Grown Up. Bleak in both its conclusions and on the potential for escaping them, Kids These Days is still very much worth a read. Born 1985 Malcolm Harris, it s not you, it s me Well, maybe it s not entirely me and maybe it s some of you Either way, I was clearly not the target audience for this book I do not espouse the term late capitalism , I did not stand with Occupy Wall Street, I did not vote for Bernie Sanders Which means that a lot of your conclusions, I disagreed with That s okay, but let s get a few things straight here that we can agree on 1 Companies are not hiring women because executives can pay them less 2 Bernie Sanders was not cheated out the Democratic nomination.3 Occupy Wall Street OWS did not fall apart because of the police or at least, not entirely 4 ADHD it not a conspiracy created by teachers and parents to wanted to control children 5 Not every millenial works for a tech start up 6 Voting happens than once every four years This goes to one of my problems with the book He would say something that I agreed with, but then he would follow it up with a sentence that would stop me in my tracks Or, as happened often, entire chapters would go by without a point There was no central theme other than things are bad And t

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