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Stop Mugging GrandmaThe 'Generation Wars' and Why Boomer Blaming Won't Solve Anything$
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Jennie Bristow

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300236835

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300236835.001.0001

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Boomer-blaming

Boomer-blaming

An elite bloodsport

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(p.18) Chapter 2 Boomer-blaming
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Stop Mugging Grandma
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Jennie Bristow

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300236835.003.0002

This chapter describes some of the rhetoric and symbolism surrounding the Boomer-blaming phenomenon. The first is the attempt to highlight the apparently divergent fortunes of different age groups. The next strategy is to upset and offend the younger generation, primarily reflected through sensationalist headlines highlighting the supposed ‘greed’ of their elders. The final rhetoric stems from self-absorbed ‘Millennial angst’ griping about the unfairness of their circumstances. Taken together, the chapter argues, these methods of Boomer-blaming cast the difficulties of the present moment in generational terms. They pretend to be authentic expressions of young people's pain and wisdom, but in reality these sentiments are scripted by political and cultural elites.

Keywords:   Boomer-blaming, austerity, punk posturing, Millennial angst, political elites, cultural elites

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