Just who are the Millennials? Some observers refer to them as “the dumbest generation” and deride them as narcissists. Others applaud Millennials as passionate, idealistic humanists with a mature touch of pragmatism. Approximately one of three people alive in the world today is a member of the Millennial generation, now 1.7 billion strong, born in the 1980s and 1990s. Author and activist David D. Burstein focuses on those born between 1980 and 1994. Because of their great numbers, their activism and their accomplishments, this age cohort is “shaping our world.” The founder and director of a youth voter-engagement organization, Burstein provides a close look at his own generation, discusses their strengths and weaknesses, and explains how Millennials are making modern society their own. Though Burstein may sometimes seem a bit overly loyal to his peers, getAbstract recommends his perceptions as a worthwhile backgrounder for those seeking deeper understanding of this pivotal demographic.
In this summary, you will learn
- Who the Millennials are,
- Why they are simultaneously idealistic and pragmatic, and
- How Millennials can contribute to improving society.
About the Author
Writer and filmmaker David D. Burstein founded and is executive director of Generation18, a nonprofit organization that engages young voters.