Talkin' bout my generation: A look
at '80s babies
What defines a generation and assigns it a particular identity?
That is the question this week’s Campus Life attempts
to examine. Some might say it’s political shifts, societal
values or popular trends — we say it’s a mix of
all of the above and more.
In the section, we’ve tried to narrow it down to the
universal things most people will be able to agree have defined
us “’80s babies”; namely, online culture,
self-medicating with various drugs, popular trends in music
and fashion, “reality” television and, of course,
One could argue some of these topics are frivolous and irrelevant
in the “big picture” of our generation, but we
think otherwise. While planning this section a few weeks ago,
we conducted an informal poll, asking various people what they
thought were the main things to have affected people of our
age group the most. The answers were practically the same time
and again, with the Internet and The Simpsons as the top responses.
It becomes increasingly difficult to define a generation in
terms of originality — arguably, it’s all been
done before. The venue for original modes of thought and expression
become, in many ways, infinitely more narrow, making it difficult
to attribute “new” generational identities. Without
a doubt, defining a generation is much easier in retrospect,
when time and distance has allowed for outside perspectives,
but we have attempted to compile some of the things we feel
define “our generation.”
& Maggie Wrobel
Fix your fears & pop the pills
Drugs have long been a part of the lives of many youth in
20th century society, but it seems that more and more people
are turning to drugs as quick fixes for all of life’s
This TV is not reality
Is it a good thing or a bad thing that our generation’s
morality can be entirely summed up by reality television? The
answer, as usual, is... I dunno. The Simpsons, as usual, presents
the best view on the subject of Gen-X apathy.
Generation Next... or is it Past?
Each generation has its definitive moments and like it or
not, these often arise in the realm of popular culture. Think
of Woodstock, or The Beatles’ first appearance on The
Ed Sullivan Show — both are major milestones that people
still reminisce about today.
'E-Communists' stalk in their spare
I am a stalker/voyeur/exhibitionist. Wait, hear me out...
er, read me out — at least that’s what many of
my friends have been doing more and more in the past few years,
and in return I’ve been reading them out too.
All jokes are Simpsons jokes
Many students would undoubtedly claim The Simpsons has changed
their lives — maybe just in the way they carry conversations,
the jokes they make or their attitude towards certain elements
of pop culture. Nonetheless, the influence is there.