Recent Generations Compared

by Robert L. Richard (written 4-24-94)

              1940 generation        1965 generation     1990 generation
              _______________        _______________     _______________

International Defeat of Hitler,      Opposed Vietnam     Changed channel
Achievement   Communism              War                 to MTV

Judicial      Legal system           Legal system        Legal system 
idea          should support         should change       should destroy 
              society                society	         society

Technological Moon landing           Personal computer   Beeper,car alarm

Highbrow      Classical              Jazz                Easy listening

Lowbrow       Big bands              Rock                Rap

Civil rights  Martin Luther King     Malcolm X           Damian Williams

Hero          Eisenhower             John Kennedy        Madonna

Economic      Raise 60's             Develop             Support 60's
achievement   generation             Sophisticated       generation
                                     Tastes              retirement

Fav' drug     Cigarettes             Marijuana           Crack

Drug most     Marijuana              Crack               Cigarettes

Economic      Work hard -            Let your parents/   Prepare for
              get ahead              government          employment
              philosophy             support you         at K-Mart

Cartoon       Bugs Bunny             Bullwinkle          Beavis and

Boast         "We made this         "We are great"      "We are better
               country great"                            armed"

Excuse        'I did it for the     'I was upset by     'I was abused'
               country'              world injustice'

Sex           Monogamy               Free love           AIDS

Youthful      Drag race              Demonstration       Use AK-47
rebellion                                                at school

Movie         Casablanca             Easy Rider          Bill and Ted's

Science       Einstein               Jacques Cousteau    Biosphere II

Enemy         USSR                   USA                 not sure 
country                                                  where countries 

Influential   Eleanor Roosevelt      Jane Fonda          Roseanne Arnold

Religion      Monotheism             Atheism             Paganism

Enemy         Hitler                 Nixon               Joe Camel

Blames        Them-->                <--Them-->          <--Them
                                     (Loses 2-1)

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