There is no baby boom generation.
Oh, sure, there was a baby boom: a neatly defined, pig-in-the-python bulge from 1946 to 1964. But the kind of broadly shared cultural experiences that could bind together people across that whole span? That just didn’t happen.
This year the youngest of the baby boomers — the youngest, mind you — turn 50. I hit that milestone a few months back. But we aren’t what people usually have in mind when they talk about boomers. They mean the early boomers, the postwar cohort, most of them now in their 60s —not us later boomers, labeled “Generation Jones” by the writer Jonathan Pontell.
A smart article that says exactly what I’ve been saying for decades now. Lumping an early Boomer like me (born in 1946) with a late Boomer like Barack Obama (born in 1961) is insane. We have almost no shared cultural experiences, or, in fact, any of the experiences that usually bind a generation together.