Friday, June 6, 2008

Willy Wonka, Sage Leader of Gen X

I'm reading X Saves The World by Jeff Gordinier and he laid forth an analogy while comparing Gen X and the "millenials"(those born tween 1977-1994), that while I may not completely agree with, found it funny and interesting.
"If you go back and watch Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory now, it tells you not only everything you need to know about what Xers believe in, but everything you need to know about why Xers find the millennials so exasperating & cracked."
*Charlie Bucket is good. He doesn't sell out when all the other kids do.
Rest of kids are mall rats and superbrats
*Mike Teavee--irrationally obsessed with appearing on TV
*Violet Beauregard--hypercompetitive Tracy Flick charactor (see Election)
*Augustus Gloop--glutenous
*Veruca Salt--"I want it NOW!" Mission statement of the millenials

All these virtues absorbed by Gen X=wrong to sell out, to want to be center of attention, too grasping and transparent in ambitions.

Bad Wonka kids are now being rewarded instead of punished (see Paris Hilton, Lyndsey Lohan, Perez Hilton).

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