#HowToConfuseAMillennial Takes a Stab At Youth Music and Culture
In this piece my Noise Porn's Meredith Connelly, Meredith seeks to understand the argument behind the #HowToConfuseAMillennial trend. As younger generations get into position to eventually inherit the earth, Connelly explores the gap in generational ideas and viewpoints about the world.This article originally appeared on Noise Porn
There will, to some extent, always be a degree of separation between two generations.
It is nearly impossible to take a large group of people with experiences and schemas framed in two entirely different, and oftentimes opposing timeframes and tell them to relate to each other without a degree of conflict on either side. People who have been shaped by such inherently different experiences can be expected to interact successfully yes, but to fully understand each other—that’s another story.
The latest and possibly most ill-advised iteration of the generation gap at play is the charming hashtag #HowToConfuseAMillennial which has been trending on social media sites like Twitter in the past couple of months. Basically what it boils down to is a bunch of older people yelling nonsense at a bunch of younger people who then yell back—the internet in all its glory. The running joke seems to be the old “kids these days don’t know how to exist without technology” trope, with tweets within the hashtag ranging in idiocy from suggesting that a millennial wouldn’t know how to fill out a paper job application (so like exactly how you fill one out online, but with a pen???) to suggesting that millennials don’t know how to be social without the aid of social media (damn what am I playing at, using my phone to organize a day and time to meet up with people to have drinks in a bar? What a slave to Facebook I am.)
The hashtag, to a lesser extent, also targets the legitimacy of modern artists and musical styles. Unsurprisingly, electronic music seems to be a popular target. Some tweets within the hashtag insinuate that millennial music, like millennial culture in general, is based almost entirely on electronic media. Accusations of song writing computers, lead singers that cannot exist independent of auto tune, and “musicians” whose only discernible talent is the ability to push buttons from behind a computer screen rank among the most common criticisms of EDM, a genre which has largely found its footing and a consistent fan base within millennial pop culture.