Using their trademark paradigm, which places each generation as part of a larger historical cycle with four generations to a cycle, the authors not only describe these kids as they are now (as the first year sets off for college, the last yet to be born) but launch into projections for the future. A sampling of their potential influence in this decade: pop music will become more melodic and singable and sitcoms more melodramatic and wholesome; there will be a new emphasis on manners, modesty, and old-fashioned gender courtesies; and they'll resolve the long-standing debates about substance abuse. "They will rebel against the culture by cleaning it up, rebel against political cynicism by touting trust, rebel against individualism by stressing teamwork, rebel against adult pessimism by being upbeat, and rebel against social ennui by actually going out and getting a few things done." Scanning the future further, this hero generation will have to confront some major crises. But, for a group that has never known war or famine, will it be an opportunity or a calamity? Much of Millennials Rising is familiar territory rehashed, and the profiles and prophecies just too general. But it's hard to resist this hopeful vision for our children and the future. --Lesley Reed
All in all, the book was excellent and the information has been useful to me.
Not even mentioned is the fact that these trends had changed direction with Generation X and have nothing to do with the current generation of teens.
The book seems to be distorting everything to make it sound like our generation is going to be just like the G.I. Generation!
The book was written BEFORE any of the predictions advanced could have happened and MISSED many of the things. I thought it was a real up-date and it was not.Published 2 months ago by Sarita McCaw
I thought that was going to be a good book to learn more about my peers until I read "Why today's teens are smart, well-behaved, and optimisitc, and why you won't hear older people... Read morePublished 6 months ago by ORARNG
I have a degree in Sociology and thought this book would be an interesting read - which it was, but not in a way that the authors intended. Read morePublished 6 months ago by La Mer
Should be retitled, "Speculation: writing about the future and handpicking examples". I hate this book, and wished my professor picked a better book...Published 7 months ago by Albert Lee
I was into the generation thing when I picked this up - my son had to read a summer assignment and a teacher suggested this one - it is really out of date - 10 years old I think,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sarah Moore Katzenmaier
It's unfortunate that these authors didn't interview job interviews. Managers interviewing young adults everywhere don't see them being the next great generation. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gary M. Simmons
Wow, was this author completely wrong or what? The Millennials have already begun to show that they are the worst generation in American history. Read morePublished 11 months ago by D. Doyle
Great hopes. Hope is what I feel after reading this book. It's clear and easy to follow. The author shares the characteristics of a great generationPublished 19 months ago by Julie
I have to admit, for the most part, I enjoyed the book. I'm from the millennial generation (1989) and this is one of the only books I've read that said something good about my... Read morePublished on June 12, 2011 by Trevor