Thursday, November 21, 2019

What Does “Ok Boomer” Really Mean? (Very Offensive) Social Network Trends



"OK Boomer" is a catchphrase and internet meme that gained popularity among younger cohorts throughout 2019, used to dismiss or mock attitudes stereotypically attributed to the baby boomer generation.


Origins -

"OK Boomer" was popularized as a reaction to a video of an unidentified older man, in which he declared that "millennials and Generation Z have the Peter Pan syndrome, they don't ever want to grow up; they think that the Utopian ideals that they have in their youth are somehow going to translate into adulthood". The video inspired the phrase "OK Boomer" as a retaliation and criticism against the ideals of past generations that have shaped politics, economics and the environment so strongly.


The term is believed to have been used in April 2018, but started to become popular from January 2019. The term gained media popularity in early November 2019 when articles about the phrase were published.

Notable Usage-


In early November 2019, New Zealand MP Chlöe Swarbrick, while giving a speech supporting a climate change bill in Parliament, promptly responded with "OK Boomer" after an older member of parliament interjected in disbelief to her claim that the average age of parliament was 49 years old. Also in November 2019, Politico used a variation of the meme in an editorial about former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg's possible candidacy for President of the United States entitled "OK Bloomberg".


"ok boomer" is a song written and produced by 20-year-old college student Johnathan Williams, which was shared on Twitter in July 2019. The song features cutting lyrics and him shouting "OK Boomer" repeatedly in response. 19 year old Peter Kuli then published a remix of the song on SoundCloud that circulated on TikTok, fueling the meme even further, serving as a "de facto anthem."


According to TIME Magazine - “Gen Z-ers and millennials who hold the boomers responsible for milking the system dry are understandably resentful. Yet many in the older crowd have volubly indicated their hurt feelings, asserting that the meme represents a gross generalization."
To conclude, when you realize the baby boomers are the Pluto in LEO generation. They are driven by ego concerns and seek glorification which can result in emotional issues. They are about the “self” and preservation of self interest. People born 1945 - 1960

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