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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