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Is Boomer the New "N" Word?

 
 
Reply Fri 8 Nov, 2019 11:00 pm


The answer will astonish you:
No. Boomer is not the new "N" word. Get over yourselves. Learn some proper cultural and historical perspective ya jackasses.
 
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 8 Nov, 2019 11:12 pm
Don't bother me none. I am too old for a boomer.
ekename
 
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Reply Fri 8 Nov, 2019 11:16 pm
@tsarstepan,
It's a boom boom bomb.

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roger
 
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Reply Fri 8 Nov, 2019 11:23 pm
@edgarblythe,
Me too. I'm a War Baby.
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jespah
 
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Reply Sat 9 Nov, 2019 08:51 am
Of course not.

Still, the way it's used is derogatory. Consider this. I am a Jew. And I know damned well when that word is being used as an insult. It's a word that is not an insult on its face, and a lot of people will dismiss such concerns.

He called me a Jew.
Well, you are one, right? How hurtful can it be?

A lot.

Furthermore, these are generations (millennials and Z) who are all about treating people individually. Yet these remarks are anything but.

I was born in 1962. Some say I am the start of generation X. Others say I am the end of the Boomer generation. My brother is born in 1959. We have cousins born in the late 40s. Their behavior is vastly different from mine, and from each other.

Yet we are all being lumped together, and often with the behavior of my parents who were born in the 30s and technically not quite the Greatest generation as Dad was too young for WWII but old enough for Korea.

By the generations who have no problem hollering about not being treated like individuals.

Makes you think, eh?
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 9 Nov, 2019 09:16 am
Any term, if a movement can be created for it becomes derogatory. Which is why I avoid latching onto them when I recognize what it is. I never think of Millenials, boomers or whatever in such terms. Jews - Some of my favorite people in the world are Jewish and I often never even find out about it except by accident, because I don't care.
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hightor
 
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Reply Sat 9 Nov, 2019 09:44 am
@jespah,
"Okay, Boomer" — it's not that dissimilar than saying, "Sure, you old fart".

Generationalism is about as accurate a prediction of a person's opinions and behavior as astrology.

“Ok billionaire” is a better rallying cry than “ok boomer.”
izzythepush
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Reply Sat 9 Nov, 2019 12:33 pm
@hightor,
The thing is Millennials are constantly being ridiculed by older generations, constantly being called snowflakes because they weren't fortunate enough to be born in a time when they could cash in on post imperialism.

Yet when someone responds with "OK Boomer" we get a whiny shitstorm from a bunch of people who like playing at victims.

To be honest, it's quite pathetic.
livinglava
 
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Reply Sat 9 Nov, 2019 03:31 pm
@izzythepush,
izzythepush wrote:

The thing is Millennials are constantly being ridiculed by older generations, constantly being called snowflakes because they weren't fortunate enough to be born in a time when they could cash in on post imperialism.

Yet when someone responds with "OK Boomer" we get a whiny shitstorm from a bunch of people who like playing at victims.

To be honest, it's quite pathetic.

Yet another collectivization of identity in order to stereotype, blame, and ridicule Others while disrespecting their individuality.

More fascism, anyone?
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Sat 9 Nov, 2019 05:30 pm
Those snidely tossing off "OK Boomer" are going to be old farts themselves someday and my, how their tune will change.
thack45
 
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Reply Sat 9 Nov, 2019 07:33 pm
@Finn dAbuzz,
Ok boomer
roger
 
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Reply Sat 9 Nov, 2019 07:36 pm
@thack45,
Well, welcome back!
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pseudonymousBosch
 
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Reply Sat 9 Nov, 2019 08:05 pm
@tsarstepan,
I think you can figure out which word is worse because we're saying the word Boomer, but we're not even saying what the N-word is, ao this whole argument their making is ridiculous. I might've come into this thread a little late but if anyone wants to argue with me about this idiotic issue be my guest.
livinglava
 
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Reply Sat 9 Nov, 2019 09:17 pm
@pseudonymousBosch,
pseudonymousBosch wrote:

I think you can figure out which word is worse because we're saying the word Boomer, but we're not even saying what the N-word is, ao this whole argument their making is ridiculous. I might've come into this thread a little late but if anyone wants to argue with me about this idiotic issue be my guest.

What about, "ok racist," "ok fascist," "ok socialist," "ok liberal," "ok collectivist," etc.?

How would all those stack up in relation to "ok boomer," or the "N-word?"
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Lash
 
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Reply Sun 10 Nov, 2019 11:55 am
In the same vein as “Bernie Bro,” “OKBoomer” is another desperate attempt by the Democrat establishment to divide the massive movement that’s going to end their greedy payday.

This is how Hillary Clinton’s campaign spent a couple of million dollars in the 2016 election. Guess they think subversive underhanded tactics are the only way they can win.

Pro tip: they’ll never win again.

hightor
 
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Reply Sun 10 Nov, 2019 12:23 pm
@izzythepush,
Quote:
The thing is Millennials are constantly being ridiculed by older generations, constantly being called snowflakes because they weren't fortunate enough to be born in a time when they could cash in on post imperialism.

That's news to me. So the best response to a non-existent problem is to come up with a term you can use when you're called a "snowflake"?
Quote:
Yet when someone responds with "OK Boomer" we get a whiny shitstorm from a bunch of people who like playing at victims.

Who the hell is "whining"? Who's being "victimized"? No one's ever said "OK Boomer" to me — I happened to read about it in the news.
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To be honest, it's quite pathetic.

What's pathetic is the way we've all bought into these stupid generational designations. This whole non-issue doesn't deserve much more of a response than than a yawn. I can hardly wait for the next generational outrage.
livinglava
 
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Reply Sun 10 Nov, 2019 02:06 pm
@hightor,
hightor wrote:

Quote:
The thing is Millennials are constantly being ridiculed by older generations, constantly being called snowflakes because they weren't fortunate enough to be born in a time when they could cash in on post imperialism.

That's news to me. So the best response to a non-existent problem is to come up with a term you can use when you're called a "snowflake"?
Quote:
Yet when someone responds with "OK Boomer" we get a whiny shitstorm from a bunch of people who like playing at victims.

Who the hell is "whining"? Who's being "victimized"? No one's ever said "OK Boomer" to me — I happened to read about it in the news.
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To be honest, it's quite pathetic.

What's pathetic is the way we've all bought into these stupid generational designations. This whole non-issue doesn't deserve much more of a response than than a yawn. I can hardly wait for the next generational outrage.

Look at the big picture. This whole story reflects a fascist power dynamic going on the intergenerational level. When people identify collectively and then use ridicule/discrimination/violence etc. to pressure people into subjugation, that is fascism whether the collective identity is predicated on race, age, gender, class/occupation, or whatever.

Calling someone a 'snowflake' in order to reference their behavior as stereotypically characteristic of the millennial generation is the same tactic of cultural power as calling someone out on a racial stereotype as a response to individual behavior. In other words, it's about stereotyping and collectivizing people in order to exercise power over them.

If "ok boomer" is a collectivizing response to 'snowflake' as another collectivizing term, it's probably justified but it is fighting fire with fire. The solution is to stop collectivizing millenials or any other generation in terms of generational stereotypes. It's a form of fascism, which is dangerous because it is powerful to reduce individuals to mere parts of a larger collective whole. It's especially dangerous because the only effective response to it is to forge an even stronger anti-collective, which in turn provokes more collectivization in response.

There's a reason fascism is the intermediary step between democratic interaction between free individuals and war in which individuals are all factionalized into destructive conflict where individuals are slaughtered in order to chip away at the collective power of their faction.

People think they're just playing harmless games with these collectivizing insults, but collective/fascist culture is a disease that starts with a few germs and gradually grows into a debilitating illness. You may think that war isn't going to break out between millennials and their boomer grandparents because of collectivizing insults, and it probably won't. What will happen instead is that collective unity will be forged culturally and the result of that will be stronger in-group solidarity and thus exclusion of scapegoats (e.g. 'snowflakes') and the culture of ridicule and thereby subjugation will just keep expanding and growing.

Just say no to fascism. Replace it with the culture of individual liberty.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Sun 10 Nov, 2019 05:00 pm
@hightor,
You've missed the point, OK Boomer was in response to being overly patronising and condescending. You just don't have to do that.
Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Sun 10 Nov, 2019 07:13 pm
@thack45,
OK f*cknut...nothing generational about that Smile
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 11 Nov, 2019 06:05 am
@Lash,
Lash wrote:

In the same vein as “Bernie Bro,” “OKBoomer” is another desperate attempt by the Democrat establishment to divide the massive movement that’s going to end their greedy payday.


Is it ****.

The current furore was sparked by a New Zealand politician. This story, like most news stories, has got **** all to do with Hilary Clinton and the "Democratic establishment."

Quote:
A 25-year-old New Zealand politician has admitted making "some people very mad" by using a viral phrase in parliament.

Chlöe Swarbrick told an older lawmaker "OK boomer" after they interrupted her speech on climate change.

There was little reaction in parliament but she soon began trending online. She has also been accused of ageism.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-50327034
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