Anybody who’s been on Twitter a lot over the last several days will now have seen the latest fashionable catchphrase “Ok boomer” really taking off. The term “boomer” is short for “Baby Boomer”, a term used to refer to the generation of Americans born within the decade right after World War II ended. It has since been used to refer to non-Americans of the same generation.
“Ok boomer” became a thing when it began to be used as a conversation-ender by young “woke” people. That’s not to distract from the fact that “boomer” had increasingly been used as a slur against this generation for some time now by Millennials and the “Gen” Y and Z mobs.
Even “honourable” young lawmakers use it now to shut down challenges to their thinking they deem inconvenient.
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For example, 25-year-old New Zealand lawmaker Chloe Swarbrick was speaking in parliament on Tuesday in favour of the proposed Zero Carbon bill, which would set a target of zero carbon emissions for the country by 2050.
When another MP began to interrupt, Swarbrick cooly replied, “OK boomer,” and continued.
The irony that flies above the heads of the “woke” generation is that the baby boomers were the generation that originally laid the foundation for today’s copycat wokedom at groundbreaking scale. They were the original war protestors of the 1960s and the generation that coined the term “Make Love Not War”. They sang to John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance”, grew their hair and walked the earth uninterrupted by selfie moments. They managed to connect with one another and launch movements without the benefit of today’s technology.
“Woke” young people who shut older people down by responding to them with “Ok boomer” ought to be ashamed of themselves. Imagine suggesting to a specimen of today’s young generation, “You need to study hard, get off your phone, be able to focus on a task for more than one minute, delay gratification, and read entire books from cover to cover”, and getting the response “Ok boomer”.
Or, perhaps, this…
Corporate life is a living hell, specially if you’re a fresh grad. You’re treated like garbage and it’s all money no substance. Worked briefly in a corporation and it made me want to go back to journalism tho I wasn’t able to do so, I’m glad I’m still in the writing industry.
Doesn’t that sound better? And, yeah, it rhymes better too.
Being able to string a few more words than the average “woke” snowflake, I’d probably also add, “You forgot the part about, first, EARNING, people’s confidence that you are NOT garbage.” Also, you need to make a bit more to be able to afford your own wheels and stop driving around daddy’s car like you own it, ok highway?
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