Thursday, April 07, 2005

"Baby Boomers" Strike Again!

Question: "What ever happened to..." the hippies of the 1960's?
Answer: They may have changed their clothes but a "leopard can't change its spots!"

Professor Bainbridge cites a Pew poll about who the Deaniacs are. In the post, he states:
" It turns out they weren't twenty-something neo-hippies or thirty-something slackers. Instead, they're mostly granola-eating, Volvo-driving, Birkenstock-wearing, non-Church-going, tree-hugging, fifty-something Boomer elitists. Or, at least that's how I interpret a Pew survey of them."

Once long ago I read Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069 by Neil Howe and William Strauss. While the book was very involved, one of the more interesting points was that generations tended to develop a generational "personality" which does not really change over time.

With that in mind, I want you to think of your stereotypical "baby boomer" of the 1960's. Now, does it really surprise you that the protest marchers of the 60's became the Deaniacs of today?

No "spot change" there!