Matthew Hennessey joins Aaron Renn to discuss the fading of the baby boom generation, the rise of tech-savvy millennials, and the challenge for those in-between, known as Generation X. This 10 Blocks episode is based on Matt’s essay from the Summer 2017 issue of City Journal, “Zero Hour for Generation X.”

While the baby boomers are finally preparing to depart the scene, “millennials could conceivably jump the queue, crowding out the more traditional priorities and preferences of the intervening generation—Generation X,” Matt writes. “If GenXers don’t assert themselves soon, they risk losing their ability to influence the direction of the country.”

Matthew Hennessey is associate op-ed editor at the Wall Street Journal and the author of Right Here, Right Now, to be published in 2018 by Encounter Books.

Aaron M. Renn is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal.

City Journal is a magazine of urban affairs, published by the Manhattan Institute.

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  1. Lazy_Millennial Inactive
    Lazy_Millennial
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    Heads up from a millennial- we don’t talk about “disruption.” The guys who talk about “disruption” are gen-X “thought leaders” who are looking for venture capital funding for their startup.

    As for millennials “trusting” technology, we’ve already put all of our lives on Facebook/Instagram, and Snapchat has our nude photos. It’s too late. We’ve got the concern that something might go wrong in the back of our heads, but like natural disasters, it’s just a fear that’s there.

    As for all other criticisms of millennials, there is only one reply:

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