Thursday, October 22, 2009

Journal Lite Club Submission

For your reading enjoyment and hopefully to spark a little bit of discussion I submit for you the following article from the Chronicle of Higher Education, "The Millennial Muddle". We've all heard about Millennials, but what do we really know about them, or the people who have made a living off of describing their behavior, attitudes, predilections, and possibilities? What is it that we think we know about Millennials, or any other generation for that matter?

7 comments:

  1. I read this and need to mull on it before I comment.. my initial response is that this is the unavoidable quagmire that colleges must go through with each new generation.
    More to come though.
    -Rachel

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  2. We have trouble defining this group, I think, because we are defining them as they are reaching adulthood.

    Are the Millennials special? Maybe they will be.. but I don't know that we can define (or rather if it's fair to define) a generation based in the most tumultuous time of their lives. (All those hormones!)

    Are they narcissists? Yes, that's the age group though.... teens are self absorbed. (Read some of the comments after the article!)

    Do we need to define them? I see that it would be easier to put them in a box and then market accordingly. But that also doesn't seem realistic.

    As an aside, I really would love to hear the conversations had by college administrations as the Boomers entered college. Heck, what did the administrators say when Gen X (in all our pessimistic glory) showed up on their doors?

    -Rachel

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  3. There was noooo way I could "muddle" through that whole article. Geez, the "Journal Lite Club" is not so lite now, is it?

    To me the best part of the article were the many comments that were posted to it. No?

    How 'bout Comment #16:

    "This article has reaffirmed for me the indelible voice of my sometimes-crotchety grandfather's grumbling that, "Nobody really has any idea of what in the hell is going on."

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  4. Barb, I totally agree... the comments were by far the most telling! :)
    -Rachel

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  5. Barb, the comments are a big part of why I posted this particular article. Thanks for highlighting that particular one! I also think that the author's main intent, to question the validity of the arguments that the "founders" of this generational concept underpins all of his work with is critical. Race, class, and gender do matter.

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  6. I also thought this comment was fairly interesting too:

    Hope this dissertation will include a survey of cross-cultural populations


    skellyfenske - October 12, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Great article! This is exactly why I've chosen my dissertation research to focus on the characteristics of Millennials who attend two-year colleges. There is nothing written about that specific group and after working at both a four-year and two-year college, I have noticed big differences in the two populations. I look forward to sharing my results!

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  7. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

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