Are you tired of the term ‘OK Boomer’ hitherto? Originating from the fury and futility of reasoning with people who approach the world’s questions from a position of security and privilege, the meme has quickly morphed into a lame discourse murderer, mindlessly and derisively parroted by people who disagree with anyone who happens to be older than them.
I blame the online culture of ‘savage putdowns, ‘ ‘mic-drops’ and ‘word murders’ for this- we have come to believe that the way to ‘win’ a debate is to flounce out with a particularly chewing or entertaining revile, at the expense of logic and intellect. ‘OK Boomer’ is not clever, and it’s not even funny anymore. It’s smug, suffering and counterproductive.
This post foregrounds the generational divide that we face today, as younger people share the out-of-touch advice that they have received from their elders. Because let’s face it, the structural inequality, fiscal insecurity and environmental destruction that Millenials and Gen X’ers have inherited are a direct result of the selfish, greedy neoliberal programs advocated by Boomers over the last 30 years.
Understandably, a very young generations are a bit upset at their comparative scarcity of opportunities and are even more stymie by the absence of understanding and empathy shown in useless pieces of ‘advice’ like this. But it succeeds both natures. Whilst Boomers could better educate themselves as to the realities of the modern world, and recognize that the kind of lifestyles they experienced are excessive, injuring and no longer enticing or attainable; casually dismissing the opinions and life experience of older people with thoughtless terms like ‘OK Boomer’ eventually achieves nothing but more discord and even less understanding.
What do you think? How can we better bridge the gaps between generations to have more useful, constructive debates and discussions? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!