"The Bunk of Generational Talk," the Wall Street Journal "Saturday Essay" published October 22, observes, "Across a range of issues, manufacturing fake generational battles denies us the benefits of intergenerational connection and solidarity."
The Journal essay was apparently published not soon enough to halt publication of a couple of New York Times articles engaging in "generational talk" of the sort the Journal article questioned the value of.
This Sunday's New York Times featured a business-page front article headlined "The 37-Year-Olds Are Afraid of the 23-Year-Olds Who Work for Them," claiming "there's a new boldness in the way Gen Z dictates taste."
In the Sunday Times book review, a review of a book by Anne Marie Slaughter concludes: "This is a book that glances over many topics and ideas: 19th-century Transcendentalism; whether America should abandon the two-party system; mandatory national service for young people. But there was one I wish she had thoroughly fleshed out. That is, how as a fast-moving, blunt-talking boomer boss, she's been put off stride by the misunderstandings that have happened when confronting the highly sensitive yet highly assertive millennials in her midst."
This is another example of why it pays to read more than one newspaper. In this case, the Wall Street Journal article helped to explain why the New York Times articles should be read skeptically.