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The sentence many people have highlighted about our ironic approach to life really caught my attention — back in the late 80s, before there were digital places to put such things, I wrote an essay about our overlooked generation, cast in the shadows by the noisy Boomers. I thought then and still do that our defining quality is irony — that while the Boomers had Eisenhower, Kennedy, the moon landing, and the Civil Rights Era, our first political/public event was Watergate. Everything we had learned in civic class wasn’t true. The Boomers may struggle with their political awakening from a dream of a just and noble America, but we never had that then to feel nostalgic about now. We’ve always known that ads are lies, corporations are exploitative, and that most of our daily experiences are the product of capitalism’s manipulations. Our ironic distance from everything has given us a painful relationship with our culture and has made it hard for us to emotionally invest.

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