Today we meet the new generation…same as the old generation? And we introduce Speed Round, just to show how few of the little things that seem so important at the time translate to future generations.
ON THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF EACH GENERATION
Boo: OK, let’s get real. What did we do wrong and what did we do right? I mean what are you mad at us for and what are you actually kinda grateful about?
Millie: Oh, alright, here we go. The world isn’t quite what you had assured us it would be. You talked about all this progress, but we see extreme examples of silo living and culture wars between people–and sometimes these things seem more important than common goals.
Boo: Deep. Tell me something good!
Millie: As a millennial with Boomer parents, I can confirm that you did something right. Just like me, you grew up in an era of massive change that forced you to adjust to new normals. Even if our terms are different now, you guys set an example. Now you’re in for it, answer those same questions!
Boo: Sure. Without being too critical, I’m kinda worried about shortened attention spans among you millennials. It isn’t some collective character flaw, but probably a natural reaction to being bombarded with constant stimuli, particularly from tech sources and just being over scheduled in general. Still, could you focus?
Millie: Not gonna deny it, but since I have been overpraised my entire life, can we shift the conversation to something more pleasant?
Boo: I can do this in my sleep! You guys have a ton of passion and creativity! I think it’s hard to wake up from the lure of tech and social media and realize you’re a product and you’re being used and marketed at with a vengeance, but I will never underestimate the power and humanity of millennials.
Boo: Have you ever seen a typewriter?
Millie: Yes and it was the best day of my life, but most millennials haven’t.
Boo: What would you do with a floppy disk?
Millie: What can anyone do with one of those? Honestly, I’ve never even seen one!
Boo: How do you reheat food without a microwave?
Millie: The stove? I’d still ask my mom probably. Or my dad.
Boo: What does “Be Kind, Rewind” mean?
Millie: I have absolutely no idea.
Boo: What’s Watergate?
Millie: I know this one! Thanks, APUSH! Apartment building in D.C. where the Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP!) broke in to listen in on what the democrats were doing. It was Nixon! I am not a crook!
Boo: Ok, ok. Yes.
Boo: Walter Cronkite. What does that name mean to you?
Millie: I know he was a news anchorman, but I couldn’t tell you more than that.
At Amava, we believe that age does not define us. We favor actual interactions and honest relationships over clichés like the one about Millennials and Baby Boomers being at odds, at cultural loggerheads or at war. In real life, Millie & Boo are at the café enjoying one another’s company. The Millennial and Boomer (get it?) are two friends having conversations about things that matter—work, social issues, money, relationships, travel and more. They were nice enough to write some of it down for us so you can be entertained and perhaps enlightened by their sharing and comparing. We hope it inspires you to start conversations of your own.