Millennials: The Me Generation: Rhetorical Analysis

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In May 2013, Time Magazine journalist Joel Stein, his work usually found within the comedy section, wrote a popular article on millennials. This well-structured article was statistically supported, while incorporating his opinion and usual humor. His article “Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation” is comedic while explaining how the millennials, despite their flaws, will benefit us. Millennials are the youngest generation living, known for their self-confidence and codependency. He mentioned some of their major flaws: entitlement, lack of respect towards authority figures, and they’re self-absorbed. Despite this, he concluded his essay by mentioning that they’re “not a new species” and have been heavily influenced by the baby-boomers, also known as the “Me Generation” (Stein Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation). The redeeming qualities for millennials surprisingly springs from their flaws: he points out that their lack of respect towards authority means they haven’t learned to resent it, and their self-confident edge allows them to “negotiate” for things such as “better contracts.” (Stein…show more content…
In this generation, “narcissistic personality disorder” reaching new levels, with “nearly three times” (Stein Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation) the number of millennials diagnosed than their parents’ generation, the baby-boomers. The millennials are also the first generation to have so many similarities with their age groups in other countries. Globalization has caused millennials found in multiple countries to be “overconfident and self-involved,” what used to be known as “rich kid problems” are now causing millennials to strive for “ghetto-fabulous” (Stein Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation) lives. The baby-boomer attempted to build up their children's self-esteem in hopes that it would improve their future, in the end their “honest mistake” ended up creating the narcissistic generation that we have
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