We Know Where The Matches Are Though.
Believable generational research relies on strong academic studies, insurance statistics, and the federal census.
This triumvirate of detailed minutia creates a colorless picture of the past. Instead of men in grey flannel suits, it looks like grey men in flannel, lines of them.
Baby Boomer research is the same, but with more color. And this is the danger.
The time is coming when future generations see Easy Rider as a documentary encompassing an entire era, instead of a movie directed by Dennis Hopper.
It could be worse.
The same concern for good history drifts over to Billy Joel. His song, ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire,’ is a list of people and events shaping the Boomer era, but he doesn’t get into the 60′s until the end.
He said we didn’t light the fire. He could have said, “Don’t blame us.”
Or, “Check the backstory.” [Read More...]
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