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The Boom Generation The generation of the 90s is dubbed the Boom Generation The generation of today lives in a time where they have not experienced situations such as a great war or as in the late 1920s a great depression TH Watkins a professor at Montana State University mentions how his students and the people of the Boom Generation may be too optimistic This statement is not entirely true TH Watkins makes this assumption for the entire generation solely by observing the students in his Western American studies class Although it is somewhat true that many students are optimistic about their lives today and in the future why is this a set back One can agree that Professor Watkins has a pessimistic view on the society of today and its future Of the students Watkins states They save little spend much use their credit cards as if they were rubbing enchanted lamps This generalization of the entire generation is inaccurate Their are as many students spending money as their are saving money And to reprimand the students who are persistent on spending their money is unfair Also who is to say that these students are spending too much money From the ages 18 to 20 the ages of which Watkins speaks of students are considered adults but they are still young These people are still at the beginnings of their lives and they should not have to worry about the coming of another Great Depression In his article Watkins seems as if he fears that unfortunate times are inevitable in the near future He is concerned that the Boom Generation is in for a rude awakening if his apparition comes true Of this he says But even as I envy them I fear for them as my mother and fathers generation learned with brutal clarity innocence and hope are fragile shields against the implacability of fate It is evident that Watkins
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