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"Generation X is sick of your bullshit" by Mat Honan

Posted April 15, 2015 by John Birmingham

I missed this when it was first published and widely reblogged. A pity. I can't find the original link and took this from Gizmodo. It is a cry from the darkest corners of my own soul.

Mat Honan, telling it like it is:

Generation X is sick of your bullshit.

The first generation to do worse than its parents? Please. Been there.Generation X was told that so many times that it can't even read those words without hearing Winona Ryder's voice in its heads. Or maybe it's Ethan Hawke's. Possibly Bridget Fonda's. Generation X is getting older, and can't remember those movies so well anymore. In retrospect, maybe they weren't very good to begin with.

But Generation X is tired of your sense of entitlement. Generation X also graduated during a recession. It had even shittier jobs, and actually had to pay for its own music. (At least, when music mattered most to it.) Generation X is used to being fucked over. It lost its meager savings in the dot-com bust. Then came George Bush, and 9/11, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Generation X bore the brunt of all that. And then came the housing crisis.

Generation X wasn't surprised. Generation X kind of expected it.

Generation X is a journeyman. It didn't invent hip hop, or punk rock, or even electronica (it's pretty sure those dudes in Kraftwerk are boomers) but it perfected all of them, and made them its own. It didn't invent the Web, but it largely built the damn thing. Generation X gave you Google and Twitter and blogging; Run DMC and Radiohead and Nirvana and Notorious B.I.G. Not that it gets any credit.

But that's okay. Generation X is used to being ignored, stuffed between two much larger, much more vocal, demographics. But whatever! Generation X is self-sufficient. It was a latchkey child. Its parents were too busy fulfilling their own personal ambitions to notice any of its trophies-which were admittedly few and far between because they were only awarded for victories, not participation.

In fairness, Generation X could use a better spokesperson. Barack Obama is just a little too senior to count among its own, and it has debts older than Mark Zuckerberg. Generation X hasn't had a real voice since Kurt Cobain blew his brains out, Tupac was murdered, Jeff Mangum went crazy, David Foster Wallace hung himself, Jeff Buckley drowned, River Phoenix overdosed, Elliott Smith stabbed himself (twice) in the heart, Axl got fat.

Generation X is beyond all that bullshit now. It quit smoking and doing coke a long time ago. It has blood pressure issues and is heavier than it would like to be. It might still take some ecstasy, if it knew where to get some. But probably not. Generation X has to be up really early tomorrow morning.

Generation X is tired.

It's a parent now, and there's always so damn much to do. Generation X wishes it had better health insurance and a deeper savings account. It wonders where its 30s went. It wonders if it still has time to catch up.

Right now, Generation X just wants a beer and to be left alone. It just wants to sit here quietly and think for a minute. Can you just do that, okay? It knows that you are so very special and so very numerous, but can you just leave it alone? Just for a little bit? Just long enough to sneak one last fucking cigarette? No?

Whatever. It's cool.

Generation X is used to disappointments. Generation X knows you didn't even read the whole thing. It doesn't want or expect your reblogs; it picked the wrong platform.

Generation X should have posted this to LiveJournal.

73 Responses to ‘"Generation X is sick of your bullshit" by Mat Honan’

pitpat is gonna tell you...

Posted April 15, 2015
A-fuckin-men

Trashman is gonna tell you...

Posted April 16, 2015
What he said.

I think this is my third recession (UK) - I'm not 45 yet!
Couldn't do university - got my degree from the Open University while working. If I'm lucky I'll get to retire by the time in 70...

I'm not bitter - much!

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Spanner puts forth...

Posted April 15, 2015
That hurts because it's true.
On the plus side at least this GenXer has all his hair. Grey hair but hair none the less.

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Blarkon has opinions thus...

Posted April 15, 2015
Waiting for a millennial to come and make this all about them.

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Quokka mumbles...

Posted April 15, 2015
Tobacco? I thought we all chucked that little indulgence during the recession of the early 90s. There's nothing like youth unemployment to stifle your vices.

Bunyip asserts...

Posted April 15, 2015
It lowers the combustion temperature of the cough dried cut flowers cough.
But whilst we're on the subject, I did laugh at the line about eckies, and wondering where to get them.

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Dave W reckons...

Posted April 15, 2015
Goddamn yes. So used to disappointment. Getting overlooked for promotion because there's some frigging eager self-promoting Gen-fucking-Y brat who reminds the boss of their own daughter in the frame.
Taking jobs because they were jobs and money is needed to pay bills, because who the hell lived with their parents until they were 30?
The rant could go on. Maybe it should even go on.

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Lulu swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 15, 2015
Oh hell yes, x 10.

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JBtoo has opinions thus...

Posted April 15, 2015
Oh yes! me too.

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Jonathan reckons...

Posted April 15, 2015
Fuck it, you had to go and bring up DFW and Elliott Smith... Now imma cry.

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Darth Greybeard ducks in to say...

Posted April 15, 2015
Why don't you all pull up a rocker and help me yell at those damn clouds?

NBlob mutters...

Posted April 15, 2015
Quick kids lets go scamper on this Generation II 'ers lawn.

damian swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 15, 2015
Kids! I'll get out the hose...
Though I think it's pretty normal for Gen X gardeners to make their own chilli spray for the citrus trees, isn't it officer?

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she_jedi mumbles...

Posted April 15, 2015
Oh lord, the resigned agony of an entire generation crystallised on the page. Magnificent.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted April 15, 2015
I know boomers, millennials and Gen Z'ers who fit that description. I suspect with some certainty that there are Vaishyas who feel caught between Sudra and Kshatriya.

NBlob mumbles...

Posted April 16, 2015
I'm so sick of you Brahma looking down on us.

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Brother PorkChop mumbles...

Posted April 15, 2015
Boo fucking hoo. I think I am Gen X as opposed to my siblings all of whom are boomers. Either way I am 50 in 5 days so I don't have any time for your whiny assed memories and snotty nosed diatribes on being hard done by. I am nearly 50. get over it. I will be soon - ish.

Swimn Over the Hill asserts...

Posted April 15, 2015
Oh Brother Pork Chop, I call cusp-Boomer on you because of your miserable self-interest at your personal predicament that drifts the theme away from the group alienation the rest of us true Xers feel.I hasten to add that cusp-boomer is a behavioural category, not a temporal one since I scraped into Gen X by a far shorter sliver of time than you have and have lived with the thrill of competing in the over 50’s in weekend warrior (or is that denial of decay) events for over 3 months now. I snidely laugh at your self-pity while wallowing in the collective disappointment of my Gen X peers.PS. You can rejoin X next week when you have passed your personal milestone and then we can both sit and enjoy the rest of the gang squirming on their slide into the true gloom….

Brother PorkChop ducks in to say...

Posted April 15, 2015
I am off to the Barossa on THE day so I will be over (and out of) it by 12.00PM. By 2 PM I won't give a shit and will be trash talking hipster wankbadgers if at all possible. And being old (but not as old as Greybeard), in bed by 9 PM.

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HAVOCK21 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 15, 2015
yeah. Lucky Gen x HAD ITS FKN AUTOMATIC FKN SHOTGUNS TAKEN AWAY AS WELL!!!..FKRS.
And dont get me fkn started on HANDOUTS! EITHER,

FK that was good!

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Dave W ducks in to say...

Posted April 15, 2015
How did Havock make this about guns?

Bunyip puts forth...

Posted April 15, 2015
I'm surprised he didn't also incorporate cricket and fucking greenie hippy dipshits in there.
Hav, you mellowing in your old age, mate?

Dave W mumbles...

Posted April 15, 2015
And nuking the gen-fkn-x fkrs from fkn orbit.
Maybe he's ill. Should we pass the hat around to buy the poor dear some grapes and get-fkn-well card?

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Rob reckons...

Posted April 15, 2015

Oh i don't know it isn't all bad. We got to go sign on unemployment benefits and be told to not bother coming in over summer to prove you looked for work, 2 years on the dole was pretty much the norm unless your dad could get you a job, you could pour scorn on law students, you could dress like the Ramones, alternative music didn't mean hobo beards and banjos, if you had a tattoo you were hardcore, your parents really didn't understand you, you got paid for working in film, the arts, writing. Stage dives/high fives all round Gen X!

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Barnesm has opinions thus...

Posted April 15, 2015

Perhaps we shall be retitled Generation Crankypants, with apologies to Mr Coupland

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Squid reckons...

Posted April 15, 2015
Bang on. Tired, so very tired.

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insomniac mutters...

Posted April 15, 2015
No mention of time accelerating? Did you know it's April already? What happened to February and March?

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Greg mutters...

Posted April 15, 2015
Yep Gen-X has been screwed over for so long that I can't remember.
Our parents got free uni education - we got hecs
Our parents got capital gains free assets - we got taxed
Our parents got universal free healthcare - we got taxed if you don't have private insurance
Our parents got capped interest rates - we started out with home loan interest rates at 17%
Our parents got great rules on superannuation - we got screwed as they were whittled back
Our parents will get a pension - we have no chance of that
I could go on....

Brother PorkChop reckons...

Posted April 15, 2015
HECS?? What is this HECS you refer to.... snerk.

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Rob has opinions thus...

Posted April 15, 2015


On the plus side

- Boomer health is really terrible , time to cash in kids!

-Boomers forgot to save for their super (not us, its compulsory saving and we have a lifetime to jack it up higher)

-boomers didnt take advantage of all that free education anyway, and boy do they like to tell you they could have been a lawyer, doctor, professor but were too busy buying shitty houses and small boats, and working minium wages jobs because it was easy.

-Boomers had to suffer the Beatles as their nostalgia music- the poor bastards.

damian swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 15, 2015
There are worse fates, but admittedly not many.

Darth Greybeard is gonna tell you...

Posted April 15, 2015
OK "Rob" - if that is your real name - I was with you until that last line but then you really stepped over it.


Do not knock the Beatles Rob. Or the Stones or the Small Faces or Mungo Jerry or Procol Harum (that one that was actually good even if we never understood it) or The Who or the Moody Blues or any of the other REAL MUSICIANS YOU DAMN KIDS DON'T APPRECIATE. Hendrix, Rob. Otis Redding. You poor sad bastards really have no idea do you? You think your Hip Hop Rappy Crappy Dance Trance House noises are actually music don't you? That's why you really hate Boomers isn't it Rob? Because we had the GREATEST MUSIC OF THE 20TH AND POSSIBLY ANY OTHER CENTURY AND YOU (HA) DIDN'T. NO, YOU DID NOT.

Rob mumbles...

Posted April 15, 2015
I will concede that without the Beatles there wouldn't be the laibach album let it be, or jg thirlwell covering I am the walrus. But wings, ELO, Yolo ono can go get f**led. I quite liked the who until I read townsends autobiography. Best music ...well big call. I would have to say maybe waxtrax circa 86 to 92. But please don't assume anything about what I might like..

Bunyip mumbles...

Posted April 15, 2015
"But please don't assume anything about what I might like.."<font color="#333333">I foresee a wave of assumptions, a tidal wave of the discussion of possibilities, which may have no congruence with reality. </font><font color="#333333">
</font><font color="#333333">I can empathise Rob, but the motto of the denizens of this establishment could almost be something along the lines of Et e contrario, et in animo leves</font><font color="#333333">
</font><font color="#333333">I hate to alarm you, but I can also see regular statements regarding your musical preferences. Don't say I did not warn you if you're accused of liking Folk Metal, Polka, and bad 70s TV advert jingles.</font><font color="#333333">
</font><font color="#333333">Just let it go man, just let it go.</font><font color="#333333">
</font>

Rob mutters...

Posted April 15, 2015
Kurt Cobain as the voice of a generation? everyone knows it was Weird Al Yankovic. Weird Al spoke for me.

insomniac ducks in to say...

Posted April 15, 2015
I have a theory that the Beatles are dying off in reverse order of their talent, thus John was the most talented, followed by George. It is just a matter of time before we know the least talented is. I'm picking Paul on the basis that he was carried by John for all those years. I submit many songs by Wings and also Mull of Kintyre as supporting evidence.

Darth Greybeard mutters...

Posted April 15, 2015
Oddly enough Rob, I quite like Laibach (Iron Sky soundtrack) and Weird Al. And yeah, agree on Townsend. But as I think Bunyip said in his funny foreign language, "If it gets contrary, it's time for the animal to leave." Buggered if I know what he meant by that but it was probably philosophical. Or else he was warning us about wearing "sexy dugong" costumes when Nowhere Bob's around. And that's good advice for all concerned.

Bunyip mumbles...

Posted April 16, 2015
..."sexy dugong" costumes....You promised that you wouldn't tell anyoneYOU PROMISED!!!!

NBlob would have you know...

Posted April 16, 2015
I feel I'm repeating myself; Never. Trust. GreyBread. Don't trust him further than you could throw him. Unless you have a ballista like those guys flung dead cows with. I'd pay top money to see that.

Rob puts forth...

Posted April 20, 2015

The answer my friend is ' now is a good time to go see some live music' with guitars, bass, vocals and drums, and for me, some samples and bleeps and some bwahhhhs....

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damian mumbles...

Posted April 15, 2015
Particularly liked "Right now, Generation X just wants a beer and to be left alone. It just wants to sit here quietly and think for a minute." It pretty much sums me up.

Brother PorkChop mumbles...

Posted April 15, 2015
Drinking and thinking, or thinking and drinking...

HAVOCK21 would have you know...

Posted April 15, 2015
FKN HELL! YES!

I'm about to sneak own to the botto pub here in Corryong for a Parma an fkn POT of DRAUGHT! in god fkn backyard the snowy fkn mountains.

You should se the fkn bomers on the roads with big arse 4 Wheel fkn drives and caravans fkn up MY FKN ROADS and delaying ME whos PAYING FOR THE FKRS!.

YES!
YES!

They shoudl be capped and its should be done from fkn orbit!.....but get the fkrs to head for the M .E . FIRST! THEN 'LL FKN DO IT!

Bondiboy66 mutters...

Posted April 20, 2015
I concur....beer is the last vice I have, and I want to enjoy it in peace.

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pi ducks in to say...

Posted April 15, 2015
I think I'm going to go and grab myself a beer.

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Quokka swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 15, 2015
I vote that this conversation diverges into whining about dentistry & the creeping decrepitude of middle age.Root canal, anyone?
I once gave a Gen Y kid nightmares by telling them about the things they did to our teeth when I were a lass.Who else had perfectly good molars drilled into 'so that toffee doesn't get stuck in there' and filled with lovely mercury amalgams (so many more health benefits than plugging them up with peanut brittle) which have of course been removed in recent times by an entire team of dental staff kitted up in biohazard gear worthy of the Asbestos removal teams, and replaced with composite fillings that fall the fuck out at least once a year when you crunch down on a piece of peanut brittle.Wait till you turn 50, kiddies. By then, all that unnatural sourpatch gummy candy crap that you younguns cut your teeth on will probably have made all of your teeth fall out.It's not called Sour Patch & Gummy without good reason, you know.Bwahahahahaha
Caveat: I am so glad I grew up in the generation that was denied junk food & lolly water unless it was a special treat for parties/weekends/Xmas.

Lulu would have you know...

Posted April 15, 2015
"I am so glad I grew up in the generation that was denied junk food & lolly water unless it was a special treat for parties/weekends/Xmas."
On a related note, my annual 'things were better in my day' rant revolves around Easter and how these days it's difficult to find the kind of gorgeous special treats my grandmother used to buy for us from the continental deli. And don't even get me started on the fact that supermarkets display their stock of (mediocre) eggs & bunnies from *Jan 1st* onwards. Easter used to be something genuinely special, and it seems that kids have lost the sense of special.
Now get off my lawn.

Quokka swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 15, 2015
Tunnocks tea cakes? An invisible friend tells me they have them in the We Miss Blighty aisle at her local grocery monopoly. Next to the curry pastes & such, because all the Poms out here miss the Empire, too.

Brother PorkChop puts forth...

Posted April 16, 2015
This whole thread is about me, and I find it a bit disturbing. Root canal. Yes, well, after putting up albeit poorly, with a badly repaired filling over Easter (worst one ever), I am now booked in for a root canal. Cos the FKN dentist didn't replace a filling properly. Rooned my FKN Easter and should be capped from FKN orbit with HAVOC's FKN toys.FKN FKN FKN.

Quokka mumbles...

Posted April 16, 2015
I'd suggest you consult Spanner about how best to whine about root canal but he'd probably just sneeze on you.I think the ragweed is in bloom.

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HAVOCK21 asserts...

Posted April 15, 2015
They now need fkn

DVD PLAYERS
STABLITY FKN CONTROL
DYNAMIC STABILITY FKN CONTROL
AIR BAGS ( not fun bags)
ABS
EBS
DTS
PMS
and fk knows what else co thay caint think or fkn do for themselves and now....now. THEY DNT WANT TO BE FKN VACCINATED EITHER!.

FK'EM. let'em eat fkn leaves and get cold and sick!

damian has opinions thus...

Posted April 16, 2015
It's a load of crap. Even when I turn off the damn stability control the thing won't do donuts.

HAVOCK21 ducks in to say...

Posted April 17, 2015
ROFFL!

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YB mutters...

Posted April 15, 2015
I looked at the sour patch and gummies and calculated carefully that there was more sweet goodness to the cent by getting the fine confectionery of the Mars family syndicates. So I got fat instead of wrecked teeth.

Quokka would have you know...

Posted April 16, 2015
Ah yes, metabolic syndrome. Gen Y's cross to bear, and the price you pay for being raised in captivity inside a padded tech cave.You youngsters shall never knowing the joy of falling off the monkey bars at school onto a nice hard concrete surface below. At 50 I am still BMI 21 & nimble as a cat while climbing, due to early training in what it feels like to fall from a height - with no comfy shredded rubber & decaying turkey mulch to cushion the blow.

damian is gonna tell you...

Posted April 16, 2015
Slipping off a flying fox to belly-flop on compacted dirt works nicely

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Sparty mumbles...

Posted April 15, 2015
<h3>All so true...</h3>

Insomniac-Paul as we know was replaced by a double sometime in the sixties - Live and Let Die- aren't bad lyrics - just a testament to that fact.

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Scurv asserts...

Posted April 16, 2015
Gen x's heyday was a great bludge and way fun. All this "we had it so hard" crap just means you did it wrong. You have no one to blame but yourselves.

not reckons...

Posted January 14
The 1980s were pretty shitty as a teenager. If you think otherwise, you are wrong.

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w from brisbane puts forth...

Posted April 16, 2015
Respectfully, what a load of crap. I assume it is semi-comic venting on a bad day. These 'generations' are just false and arbitary divisions. Things change and, as we age, we tend to move from utter dependance to high relevance to mostly irrelevant. That's just the way it is. And everyone mostly thinks they were pretty great. That's just nature. One could wallow pointlessly in the toxic swamp of self-fascination. But I think it is better to run barefoot thru soft grass.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 16, 2015
Personal experience forces me to disagree, and isn't that fascinating?

damian reckons...

Posted April 16, 2015
I'm still keen on the home-made chilli spray for keeping stinkbugs off the citrus trees, and teenagers off the lawn.

damian mumbles...

Posted April 17, 2015
Cheap ones :)

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DNABeast puts forth...

Posted April 16, 2015
On the flip side, we did have the Dole.It was a good time to be an artist.

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Therbs swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 16, 2015

Nostalgia memes always suck people in. I remember when I did a road trip in the country. Triffids "Wide Open Road" blaring forth, 30 pubs in five days,bug splattered windscreen, beer stained stubble and cop trouble.

Oh, hang on. That was just a few days ago. Gen Y, hope you're taking note. Now I need a cold beer and a good sleep.

HAVOCK21 would have you know...

Posted April 17, 2015
Cold beer and fkn cashews!
now its arty fkn salami and cheese and fkn dips and shit!
Cant beat salt n vinegar chips and beer!. Plus the farts are TO DIE FOR!

w from brisbane is gonna tell you...

Posted April 17, 2015
Samboy barbecue potato chips are also a piquant accompaniment to a nice cold beer.

Therbs would have you know...

Posted April 17, 2015
Fkn cashews fkn rock. And they can fuck that venison salami way the fuck off until all of the offs are fucked.

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Abe Frellman swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 17, 2015
Australian Generation X saw the commodity boom for what it was and thought, 'Hey maybe we should be saving some of this,' and then gasped as Peter Costello excused the Builders and the Boomers from the tax system from the age of 60 back in '06. Those Builders sure came in handy, particularly all those war veterans, for evoking a sense that old people should be rewarded for making it to pension age.
Gen X watched as the other side of politics promised Medicare Gold, Palladium and Platinum for old people, just as the population pyramid became a population paunch and the Boomers approached retirement age, doubling down on Costello's earlier gamble.
Gen X became mildly bemused as Costello started giving a Gen X Treasurer a poultice of advice on how he should deal with the structural deficit he himself created ten years prior.
Gen X did the mental arithmetic when Costello claimed to have paid off debt, created the Future Fund and left 50 billion in the bank and thought to themselves, 'I wonder why he only counted the same 50 billion only three times - I like to count my money four or five times myself, particularly when I need to ease the fears that come with my million dollar mortgage.'
Gen X started a movement called 'Coins for Colin' out of a sense of irony for the state that enjoyed the mother of all windfalls and thought, 'If only fewer chairs had been sniffed and more cash had been saved.'
But yes, Generation X is tired. Tired of the bullshit and the absence of leadership in this country.

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Patricia has opinions thus...

Posted April 23, 2015
How did Havock even make this about vaccines?
Or guns?
that is why I love the Cheeseburgers!!!
You go where no man has gone before...

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DNA Dunc swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted January 15
If you played Radiohead and Nirvana to the average 'millennial' they'd run straight to the nearest 'safe space' and call their social worker for counselling. As for their inflated sense of entitlement, don't get me started. In the UK we've rebranded them "Snowflakes" - because they're so delicate...
At least Generation X had a spine and on with it without bursting into tears

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