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Summary Kids These Days

Ichés 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. 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 anywayA properly historical materialist critiue 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 popularity contest Granted the kids can be pretty stupid with their endless pictures of food and so on but to focus on this to the exclusion of any deeper social analysis really is a form of victim blamingThis book is a devastating punch to the gut All due respect to Spinoza knowing you re a slave doesn t really make you free

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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 conseuences now that we are grown u. A well crafted argument for why Millennials don t even remotely fit the stereotypes placed on them by other generations I don t know that Millennials will learn anything new from this we re overworked over tracked high performing exhausted depressed anxious underemployed over educated financially worse off than our parents etcetcetc Even in the few years since this book s release it seems the conversation around these aspects of Millennial hood has gotten louder as our generation has started fighting back against the capitalism and commodification and optimization of our every waking minuteIt d be great if folks from older generations would read this Millennials are not a lazy entitled generation The world we move through is not the same world our parents moved through and any act of resistance is an attempt to make the rest of our lives better and leave a better world for generations that follow

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The first major accounting of the millennial generation written by someone who belongs to it Jia Tolentino The New YorkerThe best most comprehensive work of social and economic analysis about our benighted generation Tony Tulathimutte author of Private CitizensThe 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 cl. 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 ineuality 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 end of unions why isn t that one option He says Sanders couldn t win because they will never let him win Way too conspiratorial He also peddles in the DNC stealing elections thing I guess this is where I break from this group I was not a bernie or bust and I still believe in the system Maybe they are right and we are wrong but what are the implications that this whole generation has completely lost trust and faith in institutions Maybe they are right because institutions have let them down but it seems like the options are checking out or fascism This is an important book but I hope there are like it that are less bleak and conspiracy theory oriented


10 thoughts on “Kids These Days

  1. says:

    Lucidly thinks through the historical forces that have shaped millennials loosely defined as those born between the start of Reagan's administration and Bush II's The thesis that far from being lazy and entitled millennials are overworked underpaid and set to inherit a world on the brink of social and ecological collapse has happ

  2. says:

    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 bu

  3. says:

    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 indepe

  4. says:

    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 cap

  5. says:

    Strong argument that IT’S NOT YOU IT’S CAPITALISM

  6. says:

    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 bas

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    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 disa

  9. says:

    A well crafted argument for why Millennials don't even remotely fit the stereotypes placed on them by other generations I don't know that Millennials will learn anything new from this we're overworked over tracked high performing exhausted depressed anxious underemployed over educated financially worse off than our parents etcetcetc Even in the few years since this book's release it seems the conversation around these aspects of Millenni

  10. says:

    Bleak in both its conclusions and on the potential for escaping them Kids These Days is still very much worth a read