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Kids rebelling against authority has been happening since the beginning of time. Likewise, parents and adults feeling anxious about how their kids behave or act has also been happening since the beginning of time. However, a new generation of kids have grown up with a unique power to spread their beliefs and opinions with a powerful tool we call the Internet.
The phrase “Ok Boomer” while it may seem like a harmless internet meme, is truly the manifestation of the disappointment many kids feel about how adults, or “boomers” have been running the world.
When talking about how and why younger generations of people are upset about where the world is going, one issue sticks out beyond all others, climate change. Many kids and millennials blame the human impact of climate change on the generations of people that have come before them.
Greta Thunburg, a sixteen year old from Sweden, is the defacto mascot of the “Ok Boomer” movement. She has led countless strikes and school walkouts, has talked to some of the world’s most powerful people, and actively and forcefully spoken out for stronger action to deter climate change.
While Greta Thunburg is just one person, she represents a worldview shared by millions of millennials and Gen Z kids. The phrase has exploded into a sea of internet memes and jokes that poke fun at the “baby boomers” or adults. It’s evident that the internet has been used as a tool and a forum for younger generations to make light of the state of affairs of the world around them, and “Ok Boomer” is a passive-aggressive and sarcastic way to poke at the adults who kids have been frustrated with.
As members of this generation, it’s important to remember that no generation has been without its struggles. Even the baby boomers themselves grew up in the late 1960s, a time in which many Americans were polarized over the civil rights movement, and still reeling from the effects of the Vietnam War.
It’s no secret that our generation is plagued with very steep hills to climb, however, it’s important to understand that using new technology such as the internet and mass communication to voice our frustrations is a power