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Monday, October 26, 2015

Mortifying the Millennials

I shared the Engage Miami letter about the District 2 Commission Race forum, it's a shame that things have to be so negative.

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.

For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Wall Street Journal

If there is one overriding perception of the millennial generation, it's that these young people have great -- and sometimes outlandish -- expectations. Employers realize the millennials are their future work force, but they are concerned about this generation's desire to shape their jobs to fit their lives rather than adapt their lives to the workplace.
Although members of other generations were considered somewhat spoiled in their youth, millennials feel an unusually strong sense of entitlement. Older adults criticize the high-maintenance rookies for demanding too much too soon. "They want to be CEO tomorrow," is a common refrain from corporate recruiters.
Where do such feelings come from? Blame it on doting parents, teachers and coaches. Millennials are truly "trophy kids," the pride and joy of their parents. The millennials were lavishly praised and often received trophies when they excelled, and sometimes when they didn't, to avoid damaging their self-esteem.

Millennials want loads of attention and guidance from employers. An annual or even semiannual evaluation isn't enough. They want to know how they're doing weekly, even daily. "The millennials were raised with so much affirmation and positive reinforcement that they come into the workplace needy for more," says Subha Barry, managing director and head of global diversity and inclusion at Merrill Lynch & Co.
But managers must tread lightly when making a critique. This generation was treated so delicately that many schoolteachers stopped grading papers and tests in harsh-looking red ink. Some managers have seen millennials break down in tears after a negative performance review and even quit their jobs. "They like the constant positive reinforcement, but don't always take suggestions for improvement well," says Steve Canale, recruiting manager at General Electric Co. In performance evaluations, "it's still important to give the good, the bad and the ugly, but with a more positive emphasis."

Miley Cyrus on SNL Season Premiere - The Millennials

October 26, 2015 5:58 AM  
Blogger James said...

^ and there we go again. Instead of trying to be constructive, we just resort back to being insulting. While I love Coconut Grove, I don't know if it is something in the water or what, but I have never seen such a group of sour and unfriendly people in my life. If you aren't part of the clique, you're not welcome. I can't tell you how many times, while walking my dog or driving through the neighborhood I've waved and said hello only to be met with a sour look. As a "younger" person, I have no interest in getting involved in local politics. As you can see from the comments on your blog, having a different opinion from the most vocal gadflies in the area opens yourself up to personal attacks and vitriol. My wife and I have at times joked about how it would almost be funny if Sarnoff won, if only to watch the crazies lose their minds. Maybe if the people who always bemoaned lack of involvement actually were a little more inclusive and a lot less negative more people, young and old would not be scared away from becoming involved because it was nothing but aggravation and drama.

October 26, 2015 7:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Words create mood, images, babies smile, some folks get stressed out. Sages & elders have been around for millennial, and it might follow that a rise in earths temperature are therefore the fault of those in power & authority. Ignorance simply means not to know, i.e., it is ignorant, head in the sand sort of thing, to think that the Millennials or the Sages & Elders combined could possibly get a handle on a F.I.A.T, local or international governing body involving the diversity of earths populations. F.I.A.T in this sense translates into sitting on a beach with your family & friends, and suddenly noticing a wave coming your way that is greater than 400 feet thinking you could save yourself and loved ones. Today the initials, F.I.A.T, in Latin translates into "LET IT BE DONE" referring to the various economies of the world. Presently, no one or no single entity is in charge and it's pure ignorance to think otherwise. It's all just straight-forward simple to understand, HUMAN NATURE resulting in conflict at every turn. Now, try to change this human nature! Now, that's translates into beating your head against a brick wall! Jobie Steppe

October 26, 2015 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baby boomers knocking millennials for being spoiled is too rich. Why would they want to be shoved into a dead-end job with increasingly less pay and benefits? A common baby boomer refrain is 'My first job paid me only $13,000"...Yes, in 1974 dollars thats $58,000! Meanwhile millennials are spoiled for wanting $15/hour.

On top of this all, see what the current leadership generation is doing to the country and pay at corporations. Moving it to the most top-heavy pay since the 1930s, dropping taxes on the rich, skyrocketing educational costs, all while draining social safety nets.

Know your history before complaining about the young (which at 40, I'm not...).

October 26, 2015 9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its appears to me that 8:39 AM & 9:14 AM are in agreement!

October 26, 2015 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:14 am is right on.

The baby boomers are the most spoiled, entitled, crooked generation of people to ever inhabit the Earth. While dooming their children with their foolish spending and debt, they talk trash on the generations that follow, and clean up their physical mess (terrible pollution is their stock & trade along with overspending on selfish BS). Boomers followed what was called the greatest generation, by being the absolute worst - they invented self-absorption, promoted unbridled greed, and dumbed down the culture.

Shame on you boomers. Oh, and like 9:14, I'm not that young either. certainly not close to being a millennial.

October 26, 2015 10:56 AM  
Blogger James said...

9:14 is spot on. Because I'm relatively new to owning a home in the Grove (5 years), my cost of buying in was dramatically higher than someone who has lived here for 30 years. Also, because of that my property taxes are much higher. So my cost of being a resident of the Grove is higher, yet to most longtime residents my opinion matters less because I haven't lived here as long as them. Like 9:14 said, life is much harder for millennials, higher student loan debt, less employment prospects, and finally higher taxes because all the bills the baby boomers have racked up are finally coming due. And to top it all off we're labeled "entitled" by the most entitled generation in the history of this country.

October 26, 2015 11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with James that the homestead property tax exemption is biased toward the baby boomers who have been here 20+ years.

I'm a millennial but Emerge Miami doesn't represent me or my friends in Grove West working to improve life and make our streets safe. They are a just a whiny group of political wannabes getting in the game now and causing controversy. Let's see "Emerge" stick around after the election is over.

October 26, 2015 2:18 PM  
Blogger MinuteHand said...

Emerge has been around for 10 years. They meet every Tuesday at Sweat Records at 7pm.

Engage is a newer organization looking to increase voter turnout and civic participation among younger Miami residents. I suppose if us petitioning our government about issues we care about like sea level rise, corruption in local government, affordable housing, mass transit, and racial justice is "whining", then to you, anonymous person criticizing others on a blog, I suppose we are whining.

We plan on being part of the conversation after the election.

October 26, 2015 3:04 PM  
Anonymous swlip said...

You don't have to be a millennial to be turned off by the insular, back-biting politics of the Grove. I remember attending a gathering several years ago at which a well-known Grove gadfly initially refused to even speak to me because, she said, she didn't know who I was!

That is fairly typical, and it's a major reason I wouldn't support secession for the Grove (even if it was legally feasible). Who would want to be governed by these people?

October 26, 2015 3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweat records?! That's in Little Haiti right? 25 miles away from the Grove.

Come one we have plently of better places in the Grove.

Particularly in Grove West. You're always welcome, but watch your manners we hate whiners and accept only doers.

October 26, 2015 3:59 PM  
Anonymous Rochelle Lessner said...

I am here as a Boomer to sing the praises of the Millenials, to whom we should be grateful. There is no useful purpose in criticizing each other for our well-known flaws and foibles, or the bad things we have done and will continue to do. Without the Millenials, we would not have experienced such dramatic social advances as: marriage equality, legalization of "reefer" as we used to call it, the retreat of the Confederate flag, death with dignity, the erosion of the death penalty, President Obama, Obamacare, the decline of McDonalds, Black Lives Matter, and so much more, in no particular order. What's more, the same can be said of the Boomers. Mutual respect.

October 26, 2015 4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luckily for all Grovites the Sarnoffs and Solares are from The Greatest Generation:

October 26, 2015 10:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One day a Millenial will be the District 2 Commissioner, Mayor, Representative, Governor, President.

October 26, 2015 10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear self-proclaimed deity of the west grove:

A) sweat records is 9 miles away, and is one of the best things to happen to Miami in the last 15 years.

B) Miami, and the world, even district 2, are bigger than your yard, which is all you care about.

C) your arrogance and vitriol are disturbing and run counter to any good you might claim to do. in fact, I'm betting, based solely upon your attitude, that you do more harm than good.

D) constantly trying to fight people is childish, and that out-grouping is precisely what this article was saying is such a poor, problematic practice.

E) Grow the F up.

~ someone who is not involved with emerge or sweat or engage.

October 27, 2015 10:54 AM  
Blogger Brian Breslin said...

hahaha oh grape. I'm one of the guys who was rolling his eyes in that meeting 4 years ago. I'm the techie who this was about.

As a 33 year old (does that make me a millenial?) 10 year resident of the grove, I have seen so much hate, spite, and just distasteful behavior in local politics that its no wonder I gave up on trying to help the grove become a tech hub. I'm not a masochist.

I do wish the people shitting on the millenials would actually meet them rather than just cite terrible studies conducted that bear no relevance to real life.

Young people would be more interested in participating if their few vehicles for doing so had any impact (village council is a neutered puppet organization with no actual authority).

Ah well, what can you do? I'm going to go focus on the city and county as a whole to have an impact.

November 03, 2015 11:15 AM  

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