Journal Entry 2: “Last” Generation

I write these journals in the first 10 minutes of my Writing I class at NYU. I thought the readings/articles were very intriguing and the journal prompts were also really interesting, so I thought why not post my thoughts on the blog while I’m at it? And these are written in 10 minutes so they might sound very first-draft-esque, my apologies.

Based on Hochschild’s “Gen Fill in the Blank”

Prompt: “Every generation wants to be the last…we hate to give up those reins of our culture. To find our own music playing in the elevators…” -Chuck Palahniuk


I think that I agree with this quote. Every generation wants to contribute to the world with most of their willpower, and innovation is what drives us, motivates us today. We are too focused on taking control of the generation that we pump our unnecessary essence that ultimately pollutes our future generation. There is a sense of selfishness and competition to produce the best even if it is a fabrication of true beauty. It’s a building block, a sequence of dominos, how each generation wants to be the last. We think of being number 1 when it comes to commercialization, consumerism, etc, that there is not much left to control anymore.

Today, it’s hard to find originality in the world because most of the products of our generation are derivatives of the previous one’s. In that, I find irony. We talk about our generation’s desire to become the last when it truth, it’s not possible. Everything will become some sort of controlled fabrication of what was once before.

Also, I pose the question: why do we want to be the last when we can be the firsts in the future?


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