Scott Hardie | April 15, 2018
I recently saw this trailer. When the title came up at the end, I was shocked that it wasn't related to the X-Men. Between The New Mutants and The Gifted and Runaways and Logan, the recent X-Men productions have leaned heavily on the persecution of teens by government agents or other institutions, who hunt the kids and try to lock them up. Fox is apparently so eager for more of this sort of thing that they're making non-X-Men movies with the same concept.

What I can't figure out is, what is it about this cultural moment we're living in that has sparked this fad? Teens with super-powers is an old genre, and it continues to be done without the persecution. But so many productions at once focusing on the persecution angle makes me wonder if there's something new and particular about the teenaged experience these days that prompted this. Metal detectors and zero-tolerance policies in schools? Government crackdowns on free speech? Teen-bashing intensifying? I can't put my finger on it.

Erik Bates | April 19, 2018
Wait, it's not an X-Men film? I mean, the scene in the van, the girl in the back seat is clearly wearing Jubilee gloves.

But seriously, though, the film kinda feels like a X-men knockoff. But, let's be honest - I'll wind up watching it anyway.

But, to your other point - It's the hip thing to do these days to bash the millennials as entitled brats who can't look outside the bubble of their own experiences. Truth be told, I often think is these "kids" who are thinking more about the world-at-large than most of the adults trying to put them down.

Scott Hardie | April 21, 2018
Yeah, anyone who starts bashing millennials immediately loses credibility to me. Besides the fact that generational labels are pointless and wrong and their boundaries are arbitrary, I don't find it useful to lump together tens of millions of people as though they all have one personality. Plus, people often talk about millennials like they're still teenagers; most millennials are well into their twenties and thirties by now. Amy Schumer, Tom Hiddleston, and Eli Manning are all millennials, for crying out loud.

Erik Bates | April 21, 2018
I was going to say, I'm on the cusp of the "millenial" generation, myself, being born in 1980. I relate as well to 20-year-olds about as well as I relate to my parents, as far as life experience goes.

And for the record, I have never even tried avacado toast.

And I hate to break it to them, but my desire to cook at home has nothing to do with not wanting to waste my money on bland chain restaurant fare.

Scott Hardie | April 22, 2018
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Erik Bates | April 23, 2018
Millenials want to make the world better.

Literally every other generation just wants to watch it burn.

I don't know how popular this is outside of my Higher Ed circles, but the Beloit College Mindset list, while humorous, and an interesting starting point to help us understand the general mindset of each year's incoming freshman class, often has a tendency to generalize. I've learned over the years to take it for what it is - a light-hearted take at helping to make me feel old.

Scott Hardie | July 6, 2018
NPR has a good story about dystopian fiction and why teens like it. It's close enough to persecution fiction to answer my question, I think.

Samir Mehta | July 6, 2018
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