Mortifying the Millennials
It reminds me of a few years ago when I tried to get a few of the local techie guys from the Grove involved in town politics. I invited a few to a Village Council meeting. What they saw there, mortified them and they never returned. Village Council members were arguing and one started yelling at someone in the audience and at one point a Village Council member called out one of the techie guys and asked him out of the blue, right from the dais, why he was making faces.
The guy was embarrassed and said that was just his normal expression, he wasn't making faces!
I had to laugh the next day when one of the guys who runs large meet ups and techie events, told me that I just sat there taking notes as if nothing was going on, while the Village Council members shouted and argued and made fools of themselves. He told me that that was not the way meetings should go. Needless to say, these guys never returned or got engaged.
Someone (I know who it is) left this comment under one of the District 2 stories: "So this will be an opportunity for Millennial's to have a non-virtual experience and actually see and learn about the candidates in person. I understand that some Millennials require a great deal of praise and positive reinforcement in order for them to be happy. Hope that the moderator and candidates will thank each one personally for being there and give them a certificate of appreciation for attending. They should also be provided with a free phone app to help them locate the voting booth or to request an absentee ballot. Will be amusing to see how many of them actually look up from their smart phones to see the candidates in person and not in virtual reality."
That's not very nice and while I've heard stories about Millennials being a self-absorbed generation, how can you put them down for wanting to get involved in city politics? Mocking the forum and their willingness to get involved is not helping.
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