"With all this repetitive back-and-forth — seriously, there are bingo
cards — it’s no wonder the most polarizing meme of the year is a
two-word dismissal of the whole debate. “OK boomer,” which floated into
the internet mainstream and rapidly gained traction this fall, is an
attempt by millennials and Gen Z to both encapsulate this circular
argument and reject it entirely.
OK boomer is meant to be cutting and dismissive. It suggests that the
conversation around the anxieties and concerns of younger generations
has become so exhausting and unproductive that the younger generations
are collectively over it. OK boomer implies that the older generation
misunderstands millennial and Gen Z culture and politics so
fundamentally that years of condescension and misrepresentation have led
to this pointedly terse rebuttal and rejection. Rather than endlessly
defend decisions stemming from deep economic strife, to save money
instead of investing in stocks and retirement funds, to buy avocados
instead of cereal — teens and younger adults are simply through."
Via Jennifer Freeman.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics