Business - Written by Mike Dover on Thursday, June 19, 2008 17:02 - 52 Comments
What movie speaks for your generation?
As part of my research on Net Generation leadership, I’m reviewing a lot of interesting books on the subject. I’m part way through Motivating the “What’s in it For Me?” Workforce: Manage Across the Generational Divide and Increase Profits” by Cam Marston. Some interesting stuff in here, but one thing that really struck my interest was the sidebar on page 16. In it, Marston is discussing the 1983 film The Big Chill, stating:
“the young cast, all of whom became major stars, epitomized the Baby Boomers’ new version of the American Dream: “You can have your cake and eat it, too.” The film is now a classic because most Baby Boomers identified with the conflicts experienced by the characters.”
The thing is…outside of Baby Boomers, almost everybody hates this movie or at least finds it pretentious and self-involved. To illustrate, here is some dialogue from the John Cusack movie, High Fidelity.
If the Big Chill speaks for the Baby Boom, what speaks for the other generations? As a Gen Xer, do I claim Top Gun (I do recall serenading young women with You Lost that Loving Feeling like Maverick and Goose…I don’t recall it working), Breakfast Club, Raiders of the Lost Ark? Does the Net Gen claim Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter…or is their real angst that needs to be expressed on film still ahead of them?
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