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"?
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 â€” I happened to read about it in the news.
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.