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July 20, 2007

New Victorians

Lizzy Ratner's New York Observer piece on the values of the new 20-somethings is interesting sociologically; where did these people come from? I can only think the diamond rings and anti-Xer talk is itself both a reaction to and fulfillment of the messianic Boomer self-concept. Their ostensibly perfect children, having never been told any different, echo their parent's high opinion of the little darlings.

Quite how this stands up in the world as the New Victorians leave an educational system that never dared to judge them on anything but "participation" has yet to be seen. More important still is how the diamond rings and statements of intention translate into foreign policy. These are the people who will run the world one day. Whatever is left of it once the Boomers are through.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 20, 2007 07:03 AM

Comments

Wise words. I shall make sure I take the time to give one or more of the little darlings crap today.

Posted by: Alan McLeod [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 20, 2007 09:02 AM

I doubt that the New Vics are any more hawkish in foreign affairs than their coccooning elders. They may not buy into free love, drugs, and extended adolescence, but neither do they buy into the Orwellian truism that we sleep well in our beds because rough men stand ready to do violence on our behalf.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 20, 2007 10:19 AM

I tend to agree. This New Victorian bullshit strikes me to be a reactionary affectation rather than an assertion of values. Posturing for over-privileged snots; the progeny of the most disastrous generation in history.

This as opposed to my authentic Regency reactionary beliefs/lifestyle.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 20, 2007 10:24 AM

I tend to favour the Georgian style but we overlap a little in the Regency period. =)

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 20, 2007 10:51 AM

The Regency abandonment of corsetry is giving me pause to consider my earlier statement... this despite my Latter-Day Dandyism. Must meditate upon this subject. And upon reflection this was a point of irritation from the very beginning of the article. How these young fogeys can be represented as New Victorians in denim and flip-flops is quite beyond me.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 20, 2007 11:15 AM

...a reactionary affectation rather than an assertion of values. Posturing for over-privileged snots...

Agreed -- certainly those in the piece do not seem to hold related values particularly deeply. I also wonder how much this is purely a New York/Northeast phenomenon.

Posted by: Varenius [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 20, 2007 01:26 PM

Yikes, does the fact that my wife corsets make me a New Vic....does this mean I have to run the daily family service and shush the children on the Sabbath.

The cynical semi journalist in me is thinking that Lizzy is trying to nail the Preppie Handbook/Gen-X/Bobos in Paradise meme. And good for her. Make a buck sweetie. Lots if possible.

Posted by: Jay Currie [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 21, 2007 02:21 AM

Just when I thought New Yorker's couldn't possibly be more full of shit. That article made me throw up in my mouth. I created a typepad account for the sole purpose of posting my utter disdain for this 'information' and my strong desire to smash one of these bubble heads with a vary large designer rock. New Victorians, hah. Makes sense what with all the beheadings going on lately. Thank the Salafi's for bringing out the Victorian among us. Take me back to the Scottish Enlightenment, pretty please.

Posted by: tbone [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 24, 2007 01:07 PM