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Generation X. Approximately 1961 - 1981. Generation X (1961-1981) A.K.A. (also known as…). GenX Xers The 13 th Generation Slackers The MTV Generation (1975-85) The Boomerang Generation (1981-86). “ Uhhhhh … heh-heh .” (classic slackers).

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Generation x

Generation X

Approximately 1961 - 1981


Generation x 1961 1981 a k a also known as

Generation X (1961-1981)A.K.A. (also known as…)

  • GenX

  • Xers

  • The 13th Generation

  • Slackers

  • The MTV Generation (1975-85)

  • The Boomerang Generation (1981-86)

“Uhhhhh…heh-heh.”

(classic slackers)


Generation x 1961 1981 defining historical events

Generation X (1961-1981)Defining Historical Events

Space Shuttle Challenger explodes with first teacher in space on board (1986)

Grunge is born (1987-1994)

Persian Gulf War (1991)

Terrorist bombing of NY World Trade Center (1993)

O.J. Simpson trial (1994-95)

Oklahoma City bombing (1995)

Bombing at Summer Olympics in Atlanta (1996)

President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky scandal and impeachment (1998)

  • MLK is assassinated in 1968

  • The Watergate scandal taints public trust in government forever (1973)

  • The Vietnam War finally freakin’ ends (1975)

  • U.S. Bicentennial (1976)

  • Mt. St. Helens erupts (1980)

  • President Reagan is shot but survives (1981)

  • The Berlin Wall falls in 1989; communism fails and Cold War ends


Generation x 1961 1981 defining technological events

Generation X (1961-1981)Defining Technological Events

Car Phone and Mobile Phone (1970s-1980s)

Atari 2600 (1977) – Pong! Asteroids! Pac Man! Chopper Command!

Nintendo NES (1985)—Mario! Zelda!—and Gameboy (1989)—Tetris!

The Internet (1995)

  • Sony Walkman (1979)

  • MTV (1981) – yes, they actually played music videos!

  • VCR (1985) – VHS vs. Betamax

  • Personal Computers: Commodore 64 (1982), Apple IIe (1983), Apple Macintosh (1984)


Generation x 1961 1981 defining movies

Generation X (1961-1981)Defining Movies

  • Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977)

  • Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

  • Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

  • Risky Business (1983)

  • Flashdance (1983)

  • 16 Candles (1984)

  • The Karate Kid (1984)

  • Ghostbusters (1984)

  • Back to the Future (1985)

  • The Breakfast Club (1985)

  • St. Elmo’s Fire (1985)

  • Pretty in Pink (1986)

  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

  • Stand By Me (1986)

  • Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

  • Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)

  • The Lost Boys (1987)

  • Say Anything (1989)


Generation x 1961 1981 defining fashion trends

Generation X (1961-1981)Defining Fashion Trends

  • Gloves: Michael Jackson, sequins

  • Gloves: Madonna, lacy with cut-off fingers

  • Neon

  • Crimping iron

  • Blue eye shadow

  • Rubber bracelets

  • Jelly shoes and creepers

  • Shoulder pads

  • Pegged jeans

  • Leg warmers

  • Members Only jackets

  • Stirrup pants

  • Swatch watches

  • Banana clips

  • Breakdancing attire

  • Mullet

  • Flannel (grunge)


Gen x stereotypes

GEN X STEREOTYPES

NEGATIVE STEREOTYPES

POSITIVE STEREOTYPES

ENTREPRENEURIAL

SELF-RELIANT

REJECTING OF STEREOTYPES

INCLUSIVE AND TOLERANT

LATE TO LAUNCH, BUT LAUNCHED

THINKS GLOBALLY, ACTS LOCALLY

SKEPTICAL, BUT NOT APATHETIC

  • LAZY

  • BORED

  • AIMLESS

  • APATHETIC

  • UNFOCUSED

  • DISENGAGED

  • COMMERCIAL SUCKERS

  • FAILURE TO LAUNCH

  • DISCONNECTED AND APOLITICAL

  • CYNICAL


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