No doubt about it, Generation X has had bad press for fielding leaders. The one that set me off about a month ago was an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review:
- that there aren't as many of them as the Boomers (false; I ran the 2000 census data in an earlier entry)
- that there aren't any that have emerged (which is an odd thing to say, as the founders of Google, eBay and Amazon are all officially born of Generation X; and there has been a shocking amount of media/aesthetic leadership that must be overlooked if Generation X's leadership capabilities are to be found lacking, en masse).
- that Generation X doesn't protest. (This is subject to interpretation: I actually think the vehement acceptance or refusal to "drink corporate kool-aid" -- where excessive profits is supposed to be good for mankind a la Supply Side Economics -- is to GenX what the acceptance or refusal to buy into the communist "domino theory" was for the Boomers. But that's just a theory.)