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#1  Postby Hermit » Mar 22, 2020 7:01 am

Lost your heart, and the expected trade-in, a brain, never showed up? You've forgotten about the protests and riots, the rebellion against the powers that were, and joined them instead, haven't you? Comrades have been imprisoned, even died, fighting the introduction of emergency laws. Shame on you. Shame, shame, shame.

Not that the smugly finger-pointing Millennials are doing any better. Not many massive protests, let alone riots, these days. No repeats of what happened in Paris, Rome, Berlin, Mexico City, Washington, Zürich and every other major western city in the late 1960s.

The rot set in during the first half of the 1970s when people were too busy trying to maintain their wage to find enough motivation to maintain their rage. Yes, that's where the Boomers abandoned the barricades, but succeeding generations refused to pick up the slack. Let's not discuss Generation X. That generation of future stock brokers, funds managers, real estate agents and lemonade stand tycoons undermines attempts by Millennials to blame everything on the Boomers.

Let's take a brief look at the Millennials themselves. A much smaller percentage of them votes for the conservatives than any other age group. Bravo, Millennials. So who do you vote for? Sanders? Corbyn? Whoopdedoo. They would have been the centrists when the Boomers were firing, or moderates at best. And did I mention 'voting'? Why, yes, I did. Turns out no other age group is as apathetic when it comes to turning up at a polling booth. If you can't be bothered getting out of bed to make your mark on a voting form it comes as no surprise that you'll find your participation in protest marches altogether too much of an impost.

Back to the most serious issue today: Emergency laws. Yes, they are a more serious threat than the nascent pandemic. So called democratic governments are using the Covid-19 virus as a vehicle to roll out new and expanding already existing surveillance and control legislation, and they are doing that without accompanying sunset provisions. When similar attempts were made in the 1960s, protesters had their skulls smashed in by police batons. Live shots were fired by the cops. One of them ricochetted, killing Benno Ohnesorg. What do we hear today? Wall to wall complaints. About toilet paper and surgical grade face masks. Well done, Millennials. Show us Boomers the way. No? No. Apparently not. The occasional article, post or tweet about government proposals to override constitutional rights and freedoms gets no traction. Our intrepid Millennials are too busy blaming Boomers for the sorry state of current affairs to bother with those threats.

Thank you, Millennials, for showing us how to do things properly. Not. Don't bother setting your alarm clocks. You're not going to get out of bed out of concern for your future and the future of your children, so there really is no point of them other than to make sure you get to work on time, or if you do decide to take part in a riot, it's in order to smash a shop window and liberate a smart-TV.

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Re: OK, Boomer

#2  Postby Spearthrower » Mar 22, 2020 7:47 am

Perhaps I've misunderstood the meme, but isn't the phrase "Ok Boomer!" meant to be a sardonic retort when people from the baby boomer generation seek to accuse the younger generations of being lazy, being privileged, being entitled etc?
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Re: OK, Boomer

#3  Postby Hermit » Mar 22, 2020 8:21 am

Spearthrower wrote:Perhaps I've misunderstood the meme, but isn't the phrase "Ok Boomer!" meant to be a sardonic retort when people from the baby boomer generation seek to accuse the younger generations of being lazy, being privileged, being entitled etc?

Like so many other words and expressions "OK boomer" probably has more than one meaning/application, but I think dictionary.com's definition is the most commonly used one.

SLANG DICTIONARY
OK boomer
or ok boomer [oh-key boom-er]

WHAT DOES OK BOOMER MEAN?
OK boomer is a viral internet slang phrase used, often in a humorous or ironic manner, to call out or dismiss out-of-touch or close-minded opinions associated with the baby boomer generation and older people more generally.


And from a Vox article:
Boomers have “mortgaged the future” in exchange for hoarding wealth while also voting to end necessary social programs.
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The earliest mentions of OK boomer can be traced as far back as 2015 on 4chan, where the phrase was used as an insult by the forum’s anonymous users, aimed at other anons who seemed out of touch. But the phrase really took off this year on TikTok, as a rebuttal to angry rants by baby boomers about kids these days. A song by Peter Kuli & Jedwill known as “OK BOOMER!” — the verses define boomers as racist, fascist Trump supporters with bad hair — became a popular song choice for TikTok sing-along videos this fall. Teens on the platform used the song’s intro and chorus as a rebuttal to annoying run-ins they’d had with seniors policing or judging their behavior

While I have no problem accepting that "OK boomer" is available in various flavours, including its use as a retort to critiques of Millennials by baby boomers, my post was based on just one of them: the meat of the counter-critique
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Re: OK, Boomer

#4  Postby Cito di Pense » Mar 22, 2020 8:43 am

I think "OK, Boomer" is a feeble attempt to circumvent the traps lurking in "Never trust anyone over 30".
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Re: OK, Boomer

#5  Postby Hermit » Mar 22, 2020 9:01 am

Cito di Pense wrote:I think "OK, Boomer" is a feeble attempt to circumvent the traps lurking in "Never trust anyone over 30".

Haha, yes indeed. I fell into that very trap. I dreaded the moment I would inevitably become one of "them" with increasing intensity. Disassociating a particular age by focusing more generally on a particular generation bypasses that problem.
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Re: OK, Boomer

#6  Postby Cito di Pense » Mar 22, 2020 9:07 am

Hermit wrote:
Cito di Pense wrote:I think "OK, Boomer" is a feeble attempt to circumvent the traps lurking in "Never trust anyone over 30".

Haha, yes indeed. I fell into that very trap. I dreaded the moment I would inevitably become one of "them" with increasing intensity. Disassociating a particular age by focusing more generally on a particular generation bypasses that problem.


The upside really hits when you find you're too old to die young. To some extent this is a matter of personal preference.

Also, the label of being "one of them" is not up to you.
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#7  Postby tuco » Mar 22, 2020 9:07 am

Millennials have no idea.
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Re: OK, Boomer

#8  Postby laklak » Mar 22, 2020 5:50 pm

Hope I die before I get old didn't work for me. Or for Roger or Pete.
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#9  Postby pelfdaddy » Mar 22, 2020 6:31 pm

A Boomer is someone who stands lashed to the helm, refusing to relinquish the wheel, while the storm shrieks all about, the rigging is all askew, the clouds darken and the waves lave the deck....and has stood thus for two score of years, all the while muttering, "I can fix this".
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Re: OK, Boomer

#10  Postby laklak » Mar 22, 2020 6:49 pm

We'll be fine as long as Kenny Logins is there to help.
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Re: OK, Boomer

#11  Postby Fallible » Mar 22, 2020 7:42 pm

This thread...
She battled through in every kind of tribulation,
She revelled in adventure and imagination.
She never listened to no hater, liar,
Breaking boundaries and chasing fire.
Oh, my my! Oh my, she flies!
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#12  Postby felltoearth » Mar 22, 2020 8:36 pm

laklak wrote:Hope I die before I get old didn't work for me. Or for Roger or Pete.

I'm guessing not for "lak" of trying.
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Re: OK, Boomer

#13  Postby laklak » Mar 23, 2020 2:20 am

My liver is stronger than it looks.
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Re: OK, Boomer

#14  Postby campermon » Mar 23, 2020 5:52 pm

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#15  Postby laklak » Mar 23, 2020 6:01 pm

#ByeBoomer is a trending thing. After all the spring break morons started testing positive we need to change that to #ByeGenZ.
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#16  Postby campermon » Mar 23, 2020 6:05 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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#17  Postby theropod_V_2.0 » Mar 23, 2020 6:17 pm

How is college age kids massing on spring break in the face of a national health emergency different than screaming “fire” in a theater?

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Re: OK, Boomer

#18  Postby newolder » Mar 23, 2020 6:22 pm

At the moment, it's as if everyone is soaked in petrol/gasoline and GenZ is running around with lit tiki torches. :nono:
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Re: OK, Boomer

#19  Postby The_Piper » Mar 23, 2020 6:34 pm

Is this the get off my lawn thread?
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Re: OK, Boomer

#20  Postby Thomas Eshuis » Mar 23, 2020 6:37 pm

"Respect for personal beliefs = "I am going to tell you all what I think of YOU, but don't dare retort and tell what you think of ME because...it's my personal belief". Hmm. A bully's charter and no mistake."
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