Go deep

Your generation needs your voice, but swimming in the shallows of written expression will get you nothing but a handful of rocks.

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According to a recent article posted on Flavorwire, titled “2013’s Worst Writing About Millennials”:

The past 12 months saw more ill-founded, hysterical, condescending, and generally awful writing than ever about what so-called “millennials” are up to and why it’s ruining the country.

Writer Alison Herman collected examples of what she calls “the lowlights of this year’s coverage.” Included in her list are the “Me Me Me Generation” story from Time magazine and a New York Times piece titled “Sex On Campus: She Can Play That Game Too.” One of Herman’s biggest complaints about the articles?  “Reducing an entire generation to a series of lazy stereotypes,” and a “lack of actual statistics.”

Read the entire Flavorwire story here.

Then be inspired to set the record straight with your own truths about your own selves.  Insert your  voice into the unending conversation.  For goodness sake, go beyond stereotypes and include facts, statistics, and primary research in your work this semester.

Maybe next year’s list of “2014’s Best Writing By Millennials” will have your name on it.

They’re doing it again.

“They” are talking about you Millennials again.

CNN.com today features an original and highly amusing comic opinion called “Can We Stop Worrying About Millennials Yet?” by Matt Bors.

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You can read the entire comic here.

Technically speaking, Matt Bors fits within one definition of the Millennial demographic as those born between 1980 – 2000; he arrived on Planet Earth in 1983.   But that still makes him a great deal older than you. Is he speaking your truth? Is anyone?

School’s been out long enough now that maybe you’re mildly interested in writing something, or at the very least in reading something, especially if it’s all about you.  In fact, I have three (ahem) great ideas to sustain some skills you learned last semester.

Why don’t you take this quiz: “How Millennial Are You?” 

Then you should read: “Millennials: Confident. Connected. Open to Change.”

And now, go observe people your age. Listen. Watch. Wonder. Write something. Write something true that “they” haven’t noticed about you yet. Write something so true it will begin to set the record straight from within.

Happy Summer.