Yesterday I came upon this site titled “I Hate Gen X (and Y)“. The site has pictures and bios of various Gen X’ers who are, in the authors view, despicable:
Many of the pictures are linked to bios that describe the awful things that these generation X’ers have done and how they have ruined society. There is also a page on the voting history of Generation X (and quite a bit of Generation Y). Much of the thesis of the site is that X’ers are bad citizens because they don’t turn out to vote in high numbers:
Perhaps the site is tongue-in-cheek (it is pretty funny, really), but I need readers help in coming up with content as a rebuttal to this:
The site has this image and asks the question: Name one great Generation X’er.
So this is where I need your help. Can you name great examples under the categories listed above? Generation X is defined as anyone born between 1961-1981. So that includes Barack Obama right off the bat, but we need more, many more. Jeff Gordinier took a shot with his book, “X Saves the World“, which I highly recommend, but I think a comprehensive list would be powerful.
C’mon Gen X’ers, do us proud!
I will amend this post with the top candidates for each category:
|Category||Candidate 1||Candidate 2||Candidate 3||Candidate 4||Candidate 5|
|Thinker||Malcolm Gladwell||Mark Kingwell|
|Leader||Barack Obama||Rachel Maddow||Todd Beamer|
|Writer||Jonathan Franzen||David Foster Wallace||Michael Chabon||Will Ferguson||JK Rowling|
|Actor||Don Cheadle||Robert Downey Jr.||Jodie Foster||Ralph Fiennes||Natasha Richardson|
|Comedian||Eddie Izzard||Jon Stewart||Dave Chapelle||Seth McFarlane||Eddie Murphy|
|Glamor Queen||Princess Diana||Julia Roberts|
|Fashion Designer||Alexander Wang|
|Artist||Matthew Barney||Shepard Fairey|
|Film Director||Sophia Coppola||Quentin Tarantino||Steven Soderbergh||Guy Ritchie||Andy Wachowski|
|Enviromentalist||Julia Butterfly Hill|
|Politician||Bernard Lord||George Stephanopoulos||Jim Thune|
|Social Visionary||Arundhati Roy||Shane Claiborne|
|Labor Leader||Naomi Klein||Lois Jenson|
|Musician||Andrew Bird||Garth Brooks|
|Athlete||Barry Bonds||Tiger Woods||Wayne Gretsky||Michael Jordan||Steve Young|