Complaints about “young people today” go back to the Australopithecus complaining “those damn kids, what with their evolving, and their using tools to do things, and that whole standing erect thing…”
What generally drives these sorts of comments ranges from jealousy to a longing for time long past, and seem to originate with people harboring distinct tendencies towards schadenfreude; people that can’t be happy for anyone else’s joy.
Not in this case.
On my way home tonight I pulled up next to a lowered, neon-kitted car filled with kids listening to some of the worst of today’s horribly unoriginal formulaic music, and my first reaction was to think: “Well, that looks like an awful place to be trapped.”
My second: “It’s finally happened – for the first time in history it appears that the current generation my actually be less cool than the last.” I have data to back that assertion up. Consider the following two scenarios:
A) Smoking pot while hanging out in a beach parking lot at midnight and listening to a Led Zeppelin cassette blaring from poorly mounted 6×9 speakers that were stolen from Caldor’s and installed in the back of a 1975 Chevy Malibu while you discuss the relative merits of the latest Clash album with a bunch of chicks that aren’t wearing bras and love to make out, or…
B) Huffing Dust-Off in the Office Max parking lot crammed into a lowered Honda Civic with boy-racer bodywork, fake neon mounted under the dash, and over-sized faux chrome tailpipes that sound like a someone in gastric distress is farting into a plastic bottle while Lady Gaga or Taylor Swift is excreted from a bass-heavy stereo system and the two chicks crammed in the back seat try to shout over it to discuss the relative merits of the most recent book in the Twilight series.
I rest my case.