Say What? Nah, Olsen Got it All Wrong {Fieldguide}

The picture below represents my face while I reading this week’s fieldguide article.

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I picked this article because I was drawn to the title. “Why Millennials are Making Memes About Wanting to Die” by Deidre Olsen. I was shocked and hurt because I had no idea millennials were doing that. I am a millennial myself, and I don’t see these memes on any social media platform. Instead of turning my back on a problem, I decided to read about it and figure out what was going on. However, I was more upset at not only the tone of this article, but it seems as if Olsen’s opinions about the millennial generation were blurred with writing about the issue of memes and the context behind it. The first sentence said: “Why would anyone willingly risk their health to eat a toxic Tide laundry detergent pod?” (Olsen). Now, I was around and aware of the whole “eating tod pods” fade that was going on last year or two years ago. I was confused because the generation that was eating tide pods were certainly not millennials. It was Generation Z. The cases that were heard about this dangerous and stupid trend were about teenagers. All millennials now are ages 22-38, not 16 years old.

The tone of this post was not only condescending, but it was completely inaccurate and rude. This article was an attack on a generation instead of focusing on the meme that starting the “Eating Tide Pod” challenge in the first place. I wanted to know about the particular meme that Olsen was talking about, not about how “Promised peace and prosperity, millennials have been delivered the opposite” or “Millennials live with their parents longer, and are far less likely to purchase homes or vehicles, let alone marry and have children.” (Olsen). I thought to myself, what on earth does this have to do with memes? Let me point out that each generation has its own flaws. People are so quick to criticize millennials until they need help with their laptop! As an M.A. student and learning scholar, I do not recommend this article to be used for our fieldguide collection. It does not give the correct information, it’s opinion based, and steers off topic from what we are trying to learn about this week, which is memes. It was difficult to digest the rest of the article. The title of the article doesn’t even match what the article is talking about.

I apologize for the rant. On the bright side to this, I do think it was good to read an article that I have an opposite view for or an article I don’t agree with. It’s part of the growing and learning experience!