1) Celia Walden, “Gen Z want anyone over 30 to be a walking apology for the past; According to sensitive readers, Virginia Woolf is guilty both of having lived in the past and of recording it as she experienced it,” The Telegraph, July 3, 2023 (7:00 pm);
2) “Generation Z”, Wikipedia
3) “Millenials” (generation Y), Wikipedia;
Those who are unwilling to defend a culture, or a civilization, may see it crumble.
The latest assault on culture and civilization includes the censorship of words or thoughts that might cause discomfort to the reader or listener.
George Orwell foresaw much un his 1948 novel, Nineteen-eighty-four. But he dis not anticipate that WRONGTHINK and RIGHTTHINK could be imposed not by the totalitarian state itself, but rather by the population itself.
Celia Walden’s article in The Telegrapgh illustrates the ridiculous lengths to which this phenomena has gone.
My only quarrel with Walden is her use of the now fashionable “GEN x” moniker, her referring to “Gen Z” as those born in 1997 and later.
The whole idea of labeling generations is ludicrous. It is utterly unscientific, but a useful tool for writers too lazy to think and actually describe differences between different age cohorts.
Let’s review some of tge current “GEN x” usages.