They’ve been called trophy kids, entitled, narcissistic, the worst employees in history, and even the dumbest generation. But, argues David Burstein, the millennial generation’s unique blend of civic idealism and savvy pragmatism will enable us to overcome a deeply divided nation facing economic and environmental calamities.
With eighty-million millennials (people who are today eighteen to thirty years old) coming of age and emerging as leaders, this is the largest generation in U.S. history, and, by 2020, its members will represent one out of every three adults. They are more ethnically and racially diverse than their elders and have begun their careers at a time when the recession has set back the job market. Yet they remain optimistic about their future and are deeply connected to one another. Drawing on extensive interviews with his millennial peers and compelling new research, Burstein illustrates how his generation is simultaneously shaping and being shaped by a fast-paced and fast-changing world.
Part oral history, part social documentary, Fast Future reveals the impact and story of the millennial generation—in its own words.
State Representative Boyd Brown, a Millennial elected to the State house in South Carolina:
My generation acknowledges science, and we want to protect our planet…. My generation does not hate gay people. We don’t hate any people…. My generation does not fear the future…. We welcome change. And, ladies and gentlemen, as a word of caution to you, my generation is sprinting this way.