I name-check mad amounts of my favorite Millennials in this piece for TODAY.com.
Finally got access to Joel Stein’s paywalled TIME cover story, “The Me-Me-Me Generation.” Glad he cleared up this misunderstanding about poor millennials so eloquently and non-racist-ly.
“It really didn’t bother me none. I’m in the same shape I was before the economy crashed; nothing’s changing around me. I think the whole economy thing was for people who actually had it, then lost it. But if you don’t have it, you can’t miss something you never had.”
Josie, 28, CVS pharmacist, single mom of 3, West Homestead, PA
Nobody was less surprised by the recession than 1) low-wage workers and 2) Rust Belters.
Most harrowing image of our road trip so far: this community garden in Braddock, PA, whose backdrop is one of the last active steel mills in the Pittsburgh area. The air was thick was sulfur.
…with me, this Tuesday, April 30th, 7 pm at the Roosevelt Institute, 570 Lexington Ave in NYC!
I’m running a three-part salon series at Roosevelt called The Crash Generation, where I invite a smartypants expert for some realtalk about the economic issues most affecting young people. Up next, why Millennials should care about family policy.
Yes you, even if you don’t have kids! Amid all the obsessive Lean In and “Having It All” convos, Millennials often get ignored. What can we do to influence family policy before we couple up or have children? I’ll be interviewing the brilliant journalist and Demos fellow Sharon Lerner about Millennials, family, and the economy. Come hang for wine, food, and a substantive, no-pressure chat.
RSVP to Rachelle Olden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SO INTO the idea of a massive salary #realtalk sea change ushered in by 20somethings. Jen Doll partly attributes this to Millennials’ penchant for crowdsourcing. (I think she was smirking, but it’s kinda true.)
Also—you knew this was coming—salary realtalk is a tangible way to lessen the blows of the recent decline of real wages. Young workers are always paid less, but transparency can prevent us from being straight-up exploited.
I’m in the midst of transcribing interviews from my trip to San Jose last week (more on that later). A 23-year-old SJSU student named Brooke said this to me:
The big crash happened in September [of 2008], my freshman year of college. At the time, the school had the Financial Times in the student union…So I read it, like, every day and I was just amazed at what was happening. How it was all falling down…
It threw me. I’m just like, everything is a joke. It’s weird—they have all these rules and you’re supposed to be financially smart, like don’t get credit cards or don’t rack up more debt than you can pay off. Nowadays I just don’t care. I’m like, why does it matter? It’s just fake money, anyway.
A premise of my book project is that the financial crash has imbued Millennials with a renewed sense of class consciousness. But it also smashed our sense of logic, or that anyone is looking out for us or doing things right (an idea Chris Hayes gets at in his book, Twilight of the Elites). In the words of Linda Ellerbee, the crash caused some of us to sneer, “Who’s in charge here?”