November 4, 2013
How to Write the Worst Possible Column About Millennials

So, you’ve committed to writing an anxious and hand-wringing newspaper column about the State of Millennials. Congratulations! But be warned. You are competing in a highly competitive sub-industry of journalism, so it’s important to distinguish yourself in both style and substance, like this archetypal column today in the Boston Globe.First, establish a connection with your readers through the use of common and useless tropes about spoiled young people refusing to work because they just don’t want to. “A generation of idle trophy kids” is a perfectly cast headline for your purposes. “A millennial in the basement” reference in the first sentence and an “amiable, tech-savvy, yet minimally employable crop of Americans who will ultimately need more subsidies than a dairy farmer” in the second? This is a good way to preview your careful analysis of underemployment.But don’t rest on that snappy lede.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

How to Write the Worst Possible Column About Millennials

So, you’ve committed to writing an anxious and hand-wringing newspaper column about the State of Millennials. Congratulations! But be warned. You are competing in a highly competitive sub-industry of journalism, so it’s important to distinguish yourself in both style and substance, like this archetypal column today in the Boston Globe.

First, establish a connection with your readers through the use of common and useless tropes about spoiled young people refusing to work because they just don’t want to. “A generation of idle trophy kids” is a perfectly cast headline for your purposes. “A millennial in the basement” reference in the first sentence and an “amiable, tech-savvy, yet minimally employable crop of Americans who will ultimately need more subsidies than a dairy farmer” in the second? This is a good way to preview your careful analysis of underemployment.

But don’t rest on that snappy lede.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

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    I just want to bless the people out there fighting this insanity. Bless you, The Atlantic.
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    My love for this is pretty darn equal to my disdain for crappy millennial-bashing articles.
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