why the talia jane thing went viral… random thoughts.
it is crazy to watch/participate in things that go viral. Especially when you yourself feel like our outrage culture has gotten out of hand, but here you are outraged at the self-pity train of a wholly inexperienced 25yo. After reading Talia Jane, I’ll admit that I was/am not impressed. Her situation hit a lot of cords for a lot of people, especially those who have struggled to make ends meet and ultimately failed/exceeded/have not gotten past GO. Its one of those situations where it’s almost unfair to judge and take sides, especially as the older we get, the more we know.. however, here we are and the lines have been drawn. To me, Talia Jane represents a bitter lie that we’ve either been ignorant to, or are just starting to grasp. Our lives, especially out here in the Bay Area, are marginal. We live by the same daily routine. We grind and grind and grind. We reward ourselves, if possible, with food and drink, or other vices… such as reality shows to feel better about ourselves. But there is minimal variation. We are chasing a paper dream and missing out on the enjoyment of life itself. Makes me think of Fight Club. Spot on about the grind.
This brings me to the first argument of why I think this went viral: we all want to believe we are victims. We all want to broadcast how we had it harder. We all want to shun anyone who says otherwise. We also get to label and namecall with reckless abandon. Much of the rebuttal has been many of us citing our lives and the sacrifices we made with entry level jobs in order to make it where we are today. But I tell you friend; It’s a lot easier to call names from the tower I built myself over the past 15+ years, then to think deeply about how I would’ve viewed this in my early twenties.
The second argument? Everyone but the millenials hate the millenials. This very much relates to the first supporting argument and I view it kind of like how my sister and I view our youngest sibling: jealousy. We are jealous of these entitled millenials because we believe we had it harder and had to work for it.