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Posts Tagged ‘the lost generation in the media: generation X’

The X Factor

Friday, September 20th, 2013

I’ve got a tiny ax(e) to grid with the main stream media.  (Well, truth be known, I have a LOT of axes to grind with them, but I’ll reserve them to only one subject matter this Friday.)  And, I’ve complained about this here before, but hey – one more time never hurts!

I read this article this morning, as I’m always curious to know more about generational differences in the workplace and in higher education (since, I now attempt to teach all levels of students), but this article I read just left me kind of…PO’d, as a member of Generation X–you know the one, the generation that NEVER gets discussed in the media…?

Now maybe you know why I’m upset.

The media LOVES to discuss baby boomers and their kids, Gen Y.  (I’ll go even further to say that, the media completely ignores Gen Z now too, but I’ll save that for another day.)  Back to X.  The media often forgets those of us in the middle – the ones that maybe, just someday, MIGHT get to lead corporate America and non profits, NGOs and boardrooms across the world.

Will Gen X ever get to run the universe?

Who knows?!!?  When I talk to my Gen X colleagues, it’s as if we are all waiting on the sidelines, ready and eager to jump into the leadership game, but those ahead of us have no desire whatsoever to get off the playing field and let us on for a minute or two.  As one of my X colleagues said succinctly, “It’s like we are all ready, but since no one will give us a chance, we’re not even getting the chance to work on our leadership skills until a disaster happens when there is no one else to take over.  It’s creating a generation of future leaders without any chance to actually…LEAD.”

I feel her pain.  I think we all do in Gen X.  I’m here to say, that hey there, dear media…if the boomers ever retire without Y being ready to step in, maybe you should be paying a little more attention to what’s going on with X, since ultimately we WILL be running the show–like it or not.

As the 80s song says, “Don’t you…forget about me.”  That goes for my entire generation.  Simple Minds apparently were ahead of their time.

X out.