Millennial medium chill: What the screwed generation can teach us about happiness

I always love a good perspective on the Millennial generation, especially when it’s written from a Millennial perspective. There are a number of studies, articles and other points of view from people like me who take an active interest in the culture and sociology of this generation that currently represents everyone from teenagers to those in their early thirties. This piece comments on a number of them. I’m particularly excited about the Millennial Geography project they mention and will likely use it as a data set in my ongoing research on Millennials from a consumer culture perspective.
I will say that this author is a big more contrary than most in that she presumes those of us who are actively seeking to understand this generation are misguided or still hanging on to stereotypes. . But on a positive note, it brings up a lot of points that at least affirm my perspective on cultural themes I have observed and used to educate my clients on how to engage and empower this generation poised to change the world! 🙂

Grist

About a year ago, during a cross-faded conversation that felt profound but probably sounded more like this, a friend told me about Strauss-Howe generational theory, a scholarly take on the somewhat narcissistic assumption that each generation has a signature personality that leaves a unique mark on world culture and history. Strauss and Howe identify four archetypes — prophets, nomads, heroes, or artists — that can define an entire generation based on the societal conditions they grew up in.

Humblebrag alert: Millennials comprise a Hero Generation. This means we were born “during a time of individual pragmatism, self-reliance, and laissez faire” (in other words, the Reagan/Bush Sr./Clinton years) and are coming of age “as team-oriented young optimists during a Crisis.” If that all sounds too conveniently perfect, remember that Strauss and Howe came up with this back in 1991, when Barack Obama was still fresh out of law school…

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Office Acculturation 107: The Signification of Seating Arrangements In Workplace Habitats

The culture of an office environment is full of nuance, as elaborated on in previous posts.  Today's topic covers the rapidly evolving signification of seating arrangements in such offices. There is a distinct tradition with some differences depending on the industry or nature of the business than a specific office serves. Here are some examples: … Continue reading Office Acculturation 107: The Signification of Seating Arrangements In Workplace Habitats

The Sociology of Style: Are Women “Dressing For Success” Only To Encourage A Corporate Culture of Failure?

I have been spending a lot of time in the past year doing work in the apparel and retail space...studying the cultural context that influences how and why different types of consumers choose the clothing styles and brands that they use to cover themselves up everyday or to uncover their unique personal identities. Like when … Continue reading The Sociology of Style: Are Women “Dressing For Success” Only To Encourage A Corporate Culture of Failure?

Office Acculturation 105: Deciphering The Language of Management And Change

In honor of Monday, I thought i would continue with my ethnographic series in corporate culture. Jargon is a key part of the business day-to-day in an office setting. By us is also an essential management communication (or miscommunication) tool. You see, most employees don't need or want to have anything to do with the … Continue reading Office Acculturation 105: Deciphering The Language of Management And Change

Office Acculturation 104: Diagnosing Your Manager’s Dysfunction

To revisit an earlier series on office acculturation I thought I would share some thoughts on how to manage your managers.  Chances are you will have at least one if not more bosses and you should really know what you are dealing with. I have read up on management styles from many different sources.  My … Continue reading Office Acculturation 104: Diagnosing Your Manager’s Dysfunction

Office Acculturation 103: Workplace Rituals

Language and attire are critical signifiers of office culture, as discussed in previous "chapters". However, in order to become fully socialized into the unique subculture of any corporate setting, it is important to integrate into the regular rituals of the social group. There are several rituals unique to the office environment that take place in … Continue reading Office Acculturation 103: Workplace Rituals