Talkin’ about Y Generation…


The recently released unemployment figures are pretty disturbing, with the rate climbing to 5.2% in Feb this year, with some economists predicting a rise to close to 9% by 2010. As i understand the more recent trends, it isn’t so much that 50,000 odd people lost their jobs, rather that a whole bunch of people lost hours, going from Full to Part time, and a substantial portion of this surely can be credited to the “christmas” season.

Anyway, an economist i am not, and in many ways i’m not too concerned about getting work after i graduate. The audio industry is heading towards a freelance/contract based employment situation anyway, and in terms of producing, its been an independent market for a while. Plus, my ability to talk shit and wear a tie when required, mean that, in an interview situation i am whats known colloquially as ‘charming as fuck’.


clooney ain’t got nothing on me.

But the point of this already pretty self congratulatory post was not, in fact to gently massage my ego, rather it was to expose a simmering undercurrent of social resentment. More specifically, all the old people who are celebrating the fact that Generation Y (and some X’s) will now have to face ‘real life’ and deal with the ‘real world’… as opposed to watching porn on our mobile phones while sitting on the couch, which, lets be fair, is clearly how we spend our days.

Generation X generally refers to people born in the Western world after WWII (1961-1981). Generation Y is generally considered to be the last generation wholly born in the 20th century (1982-1995). Either way it always makes me feel a little bit like i’m a mutant superhero…


except i don’t wear leather, and my movie wouldn’t suck balls.

There’s a sentiment in both the mainstream media, and in the wider population that the younger generations will finally appreciate how hard everyone had it during the 1990’s recession, how everyone had to struggle to get work, how even the most menial job was a blessing, how you had to walk 5 miles in the snow with no shoes just to earn enough for a piece of bread… interestingly, they also resent how the internet and television, combined with the huge bags of money the government give us, has ruined our work ethic.

In fact, this whole rant was inspired by this statement, made by a dude called James in the comments section of this article.

“I’m afraid I don’t have a lot of sympathy as I can’t abide most members of Gen Y – spoilt, over-stimulated, overconfident brats, who believe they should be CEO on graduating when they can barely spell. Add on slack attitudes, poorly mannered, selfish and utterly self-absorbed. I think it is high time they were served up a dose of reality.

I graduated in 1994 at the height of the recession, I put myself through university (no living at home, no hand-outs from boomer parents for HECs or fees) with part time jobs and worked incredibly hard to maintain a HD average at a time when we actually had standards at university. There was no google or wikipedia and certainly no spoon-feeding.

Like most people of my era, I was relieved to have even a decent unskilled part-time job – a full time skilled job did not materialise for a few years. I volunteered and spent every weekend writing job applications. I learnt to start at the bottom, have respect for my elders in the workplace and that there were many times in life when I would not have everything I wanted and would have to suck it up and do some drudge.

Struggle is what makes us humbler, more compassionate people – less likely to take things for granted and more likely to work damn hard when given an opportunity. I see no such qualities in people under 30 today and wouldn’t hire one ever if given the choice – unless they were from struggle street or a disadvantaged background and had some true grit.”


dear James, in reply, please see the above image.

I don’t really feel the need to argue this point, since very few people from James’ era even know how to use the internets, and those that do are unlikely to appreciate this little corner (although to all our ‘mature’ readers, much love). But i guess in the interests of our economy, everyone reading this should turn off your computer’s and go and get a job… get some “true grit” in your lives bitches.


8 Responses to “Talkin’ about Y Generation…”

  1. pdilla Says:

    sic post dun, you may be “charming as fuck” but you aint no triple threat like me. ahaha

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  3. Frances Baker Says:

    so cocky!

  4. Frances Baker Says:

    But, that is still an awesome post. That James guy is such a generalising c**t. I believe Obama himself described this general vision of our generations apathy as a myth??

  5. Broke Says:

    You’re right Frances, our generation isn’t apathetic. We just believe that we deserve better than the shit that’s been handed to the working man for so many years.
    That’s not lazy, or apathetic, it’s a true belief that our ideas and input are worth more than what our parents had to put up with, and I think the collapse of capitalism will separate the chaff from the wheat. I’d like to hope i’ll show my true wheat colours at that point.

  6. Ming The Merciless Says:

    I’m apathetic and spoilt! I just wanna sit around in a hot tub full of Benjamins, snort high grade Bolivian blow off the labia of Japanese school gal hookers and shoot at bottles of Hennessy with a flare gun while listening to Chris Brown beat up on Rhi-Rhi.


  7. bigdubbs Says:

    chea! its good to have dreams.

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