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Nix the XThere are a variety of terms from which to choose The Lost Generation the MTV Generation Generation PC Busters the Information Generation the Bitter Bunch the 13th Generation Generation Next the Soundbite Generation We have been slapped with more stickers than a Deadheads van For those of us who grew up on MTV video games and microwave dinners these are far from complimentary terms My generation doesn t deserve the title Generation X because it is an incorrect label that boomers gave us without justification The phrase Baby Boomer has a nice ring to it but Generation X suggests that my generation those people ages eight-teen to twenty-five are lost or undefined According to many analysts and modern philosophers although we might be the generation that can surf the Internet or program a VCR we lack the depth or direction to add value to society Their theory suggests we are lazy apathetic and care little about the world and even more notable we are lost Why do previous generations enjoy titles such as the World War I Generation and the Baby Boomers while my generation is known as the lazy do-nothing bum-off-our-parents Generation Xers Many people contend it is because we are slackers and haven t accomplished anything of substance They also give us the title implying we care nothing of the world around us and pay no attention to anything that doesn t show up on MTV These assumptions are wrong for three reasons Generation X faces more barriers at an earlier age than any generation before us The people that so quickly labeled our generation took even less time to analyze it they gave the verdict before they listened to the case Third we are politically aware we are just focused on different issues than our predecessors First my generation is being challenged by enormous obstacles including the decreasing quality of public schooling as well as
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