Given that we have finally arrived at the long-awaited point in American history when the Baby Boom generation starts to die off en masse it seems likely that this 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination will be the last big hurrah for all the identical boring stories you have to hear from old people about how their high school gym teachers blew a whistle and brought them all to the center of the room to tell them the President had been shot etc. and then Woodstock changed music, man. So if you can just make it through this weekend's final orgy of "Camelot" and "shattered innocence" and "lost hope" [...]
Cultural observer Richard Rushfield has some thoughts on how the bountiful level of expression in The Current Conversation has failed to result in a multiplicity of critical perspective, and he blames it on the kids: [T]oday’s abundance of information and voices doesn’t just end up cutting off the breadth of that conversation, but its depth as well. That is to say, not only are fewer opinions heard, but the ones that are are dumber than ever before. The problem goes back to another of my running complaints about Generation Yay: their a-historicism and the roots thereof… It has previously been proven that no [...]
"It's the fortysomethings, mostly male, mostly white, who identified with Morrissey's tales of outsider woe a billion years ago, who are now running the country and controlling the nation's media, filtering experience through their eyes and returning it to us as news and policy briefings…. The oppressed have become the oppressors."
How Pavement Became the Greatest Band of the Nineties This Year: "If this really is the moment in which a Gen X sensibility gets to celebrate itself, well, it could turn out to be a fleeting one. Pavement is being set up as exactly the kind of legendary band younger people love to reject – especially since that wry disaffection isn't as useful anymore, what with there not being much of a monoculture to be suspicious of."