This week’s Umbra question was answered by Grist news editor L.V. Anderson.
How can we inspire older people to reduce consumption and waste without starting an intergenerational blame game?
— Getting Elders from No to Yes
A.Dear GEN Y,
I’ll get to your consumption question in a moment, but first, allow me to applaud your instinct to avoid the intergenerational blame game, America’s favorite pastime that has not been canceled by coronavirus. Perhaps you’re still recovering from the latest round, which kicked off last week when fiction writer Lorrie Moore devoted four paragraphs of her audacious review of the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People to a takedown of millennials, in general. Her cheeky generalizations about people born between 1981 and 1996 included zingers like, “millennials seem wedded to ideas of status and conventional success, but they want to ‘infiltrate’ plutocratic institutions as ‘Marxists’ and prized guests,” “They believe in relationships rather than romance,” and “They say, ‘No problem,’ instead of ‘You’re welcome’ — they are not good liars.”
Not that boomers like Moore have a monopoly o... Read more