An open letter to Joel Stein and TIME magazine

Dear Joel Stein and editors of TIME magazine,

Get off my lawn!!

Every 20 years or so TIME publishes an issue bewailing the current generation and predicting the end of civilization as we know it once the young folks get old enough to run things.

Seriously? This trope has been around since Plato (see quote below) and for sure predates him.

And guess what, it’s not news! It’s opinion. Tired out, useless opinion. Try to be a news magazine once in a while, instead of a source of jokes like this one:

Baaaad journalism!

For your edification, here’s what Plato (I knew Plato. Mr Stein, and you, sir, are no Plato!) said about the young people of his day.

Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers. — Plato (d. 347 BC)

Nice to see TIME is keeping current with ancient Greek philosophers. Real Pulitzer material, that.

Sincerely yours,

A guy in his 50s who remembers what people said about the ’60s Generation.

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