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The first major accounting of the millennial generation written by someone who belongs to it Jia Tolentino The New YorkerThe best most comprehensive work of social and economic analysis about our benighted generation Tony Tulathimutte author of Private CitizensThe kind of brilliantly simple idea that instantly clarifies an entire area of culture William Deresiewicz author of Excellent Sheep Millennials have been stereotyped as lazy entitled narcissistic and immature We've gotten so used to sloppy generational analysis filled with dumb cl. enjoyed this book but I d have a hard time recommending it to anyone I would describe it as a series of essays about how capitalism overworks you and makes you crazy and how millennials born into our dysfunctional capitalism in decline are overworked and made crazy Harris doesn t seem to be an expert in anything other than the on the ground experience of Occupy If you want to actually dig into the dysfunctions of public schools or independent contractor work or loan debt or the carceral state then he mentions books he s read about each So I mean maybe as a sort of bibliographyIt s a bit too much preaching to the choir for me I dunno in 2003 Immortal Techniue wrote the time has come to realize your net worth in the market and stop bein a fuckin commodity and if you didn t understand what I just said then you already waitin to get fucked and it s still true If you re a millennial and you re not aware of this stuff then what are you even doing Trump is in the White House and you re still not paying attention Damn dude And then even if you are within the weird triangle of 1 uninformed and 2 liberal to centrist Republican and 3 willing to read Marxist analysis of current events go read Brief History of Neoliberalism and some Current Affairs or Jacobin if you want to get mad There just isn t much meat hereThe one useful point Harris does make is about the labor value of schoolwork which I don t see other people talk about in uite the same way We often discount the amount and value of schoolwork which children do because it s unpaid but it accretes utility Kids who finish high school now have done work over the course of the four years than say 30 years ago because of factors like intensification of coursework and technology allowing for efficient study Because they ve done work on themselves during this time they can produce value for their employers The implicit contract that you educate yourself to get paid better has broken down over the years because everyone is getting better educated and we re encouraged to compete against eachother and also because labor protections have been eroded This is not a new idea but the emerging patterns of workers paying in labor and money to educate themselves and capitalists reaping the benefits are explored in a worthwhile wayThe book just doesn t go anywhere There s no argument running throughout or call to action at the end Things are bad and getting worse You should know about it and be mad But there s no possible way to change things because they re too bad already Banned in Britain recommending it to anyone I would describe it as a series of essays about how capitalism overworks you and makes you crazy and how millennials born into our dysfunctional capitalism in decline are overworked and made crazy Harris doesn t seem to be an expert in anything other than the on the ground experience of Occupy If you want to actually dig into the dysfunctions of public schools or independent contractor work or loan debt or the carceral state then he mentions books he s Hour of the Beast read about each So I mean maybe as a sort of bibliographyIt s a bit too much preaching to the choir for me I dunno in 2003 Immortal Techniue wrote the time has come to Dictionary Of Dreams realize your net worth in the market and stop bein a fuckin commodity and if you didn t understand what I just said then you already waitin to get fucked and it s still true If you The Love of a Latino re a millennial and you Other Days, Other Eyes re not aware of this stuff then what are you even doing Trump is in the White House and you Deception Island re still not paying attention Damn dude And then even if you are within the weird triangle of 1 uninformed and 2 liberal to centrist Republican and 3 willing to The Family read Marxist analysis of current events go The First Partition of Poland read Brief History of Neoliberalism and some Current Affairs or Jacobin if you want to get mad There just isn t much meat hereThe one useful point Harris does make is about the labor value of schoolwork which I don t see other people talk about in uite the same way We often discount the amount and value of schoolwork which children do because it s unpaid but it accretes utility Kids who finish high school now have done work over the course of the four years than say 30 years ago because of factors like intensification of coursework and technology allowing for efficient study Because they ve done work on themselves during this time they can produce value for their employers The implicit contract that you educate yourself to get paid better has broken down over the years because everyone is getting better educated and we The Hero of Varay re encouraged to compete against eachother and also because labor protections have been eroded This is not a new idea but the emerging patterns of workers paying in labor and money to educate themselves and capitalists Palestrina and Other Plays reaping the benefits are explored in a worthwhile wayThe book just doesn t go anywhere There s no argument Blackmailed By Daddy running throughout or call to action at the end Things are bad and getting worse You should know about it and be mad But there s no possible way to change things because they उरलं सुरलं [Urla Surla] re too bad already

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Kids These Days

Ichés about young people that we've lost sight of what really unites Millennials Namely We are the most educated and hard working generation in American history We poured historic and insane amounts of time and money into preparing ourselves for the 21st century labor market We have been taught to consider working for free homework internships a privilege for our own benefit We are poorer medicated and precariously employed than our parents grandparents even our great grandparents with less of a social safety net to boot Kids These Days. Easily the most important book yet written on the subject Any honest discussion of millennials ought to start here In which we see ourselves as the inflection point of late capitalism or western civilization in general How will capitalism end If we look to the daily habits and life prospects of the generation born since the onset on neoliberalism we start to get an answer talkin bout my generationMom and Dad I don t blame you In retrospect maybe seems unwise to procreate during this phase of capitalism but I still love you anywayA properly historical materialist critiue of social media very very impressive necessary right now Don t believe curmudgeonly idealists The media really is not the message in this case For a generation born after the epochal shift from a manufacturing to a service based economy raised from birth as human capital the kind of socializing facilitated by Facebook Twitter etc is entirely adaptive In the brave dystopia of our present there is no boundary between the personal and the economic Every aspect of life is an opportunity to gain a competitive advantage over one s peers Life itself is a permanent popularity contest Granted the kids can be pretty stupid with their endless pictures of food and so on but to focus on this to the exclusion of any deeper social analysis really is a form of victim blamingThis book is a devastating punch to the gut All due respect to Spinoza knowing you re a slave doesn t really make you free

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Is about why In brilliant crackling prose early Wall Street occupier Malcolm Harris gets mercilessly real about our maligned birth cohort Examining trends like runaway student debt the rise of the intern mass incarceration social media and Harris gives us a portrait of what it means to be young in America today that will wake you up and piss you off Millennials were the first generation raised explicitly as investments Harris argues and in Kids These Days he dares us to confront and take charge of the conseuences now that we are grown u. Born 1985 Malcolm Harris it s not you it s me Well maybe it s not entirely me and maybe it s some of you Either way I was clearly not the target audience for this book I do not espouse the term late capitalism I did not stand with Occupy Wall Street I did not vote for Bernie Sanders Which means that a lot of your conclusions I disagreed with That s okay but let s get a few things straight here that we can agree on1 Companies are not hiring women because executives can pay them less 2 Bernie Sanders was not cheated out the Democratic nomination3 Occupy Wall Street OWS did not fall apart because of the police or at least not entirely4 ADHD it not a conspiracy created by teachers and parents to wanted to control children 5 Not every millenial works for a tech start up 6 Voting happens than once every four years This goes to one of my problems with the book He would say something that I agreed with but then he would follow it up with a sentence that would stop me in my tracks Or as happened often entire chapters would go by without a point There was no central theme other than things are bad And then he would contradict himself After chapter after chapter about how overworked and over supervised kids are he then talks about the amount of time kids are spending on YouTube videos Vines and other enterprises This would have been fine if he explained how these two ideas co exist but he never uite got there The worst offender the one that dropped the book from two stars to one was the conclusion Harris says that a book like this needs solutions right And you know what it really does However Harris forfeits He names possible solutions and tries to say why they won t work Without providing others that may work One of this solutions is to drop out of the system whatever that means Overall the book is too weak too scattered too dare I say whiney I get it as a Millenial life sucks I didn t need a book to talk about how bad life is We need solutions


10 thoughts on “Kids These Days

  1. says:

    Lucidly thinks through the historical forces that have shaped millennials loosely defined as those born between the start of Reagan's administration and Bush II's The thesis that far from being lazy and entitled m

  2. says:

    I've never been one to blame millennials or make fun of them I interact with a lot of them as an educator and I've been nothing but

  3. says:

    enjoyed this book but I'd have a hard time recommending it to anyone I would describe it as a series of essays abo

  4. says:

    Easily the most important book yet written on the subject Any honest discussion of millennials ought to start here In which

  5. says:

    Strong argument that IT’S NOT YOU IT’S CAPITALISM

  6. says:

    This book seeks to get behind the stereotypes about the millennial generation to explain on the basis of research what is actually going on within the generation and what is not going on to deconstruct the popular hype about millennials Some of the prior comments on the book suggested that the author provided a fact based and rigorous approach to looking at generational issues Since I have continuing contacts

  7. says:

    This book is so smart so witty and so fucking dead on about everything that it could've only been written by a millennial Here's what Harris proposes how about we look at the Millennial generation the way corporations and governments have looked at them since the beginning as human capital to be relentlessly overworked brainwashed into a hyper competitive mentality and underpaid What he finds is so much convincing and compelling

  8. says:

    Born 1985 Malcolm Harris it's not you it's me Well maybe it's not entirely me and maybe it's some of you Either way I was clearly not the target audience for this book I do not espouse the term late capitalism I did not stand with Occupy Wall Street I did not vote for Bernie Sanders Which means that a lot of your conclusions I disa

  9. says:

    A well crafted argument for why Millennials don't even remotely fit the stereotypes placed on them by other gene

  10. says:

    Bleak in both its conclusions and on the potential for escaping them Kids These Days is still very much worth a read

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