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Talkin' 'Bout Their Generation

In the tradition of earlier time cover stories on the baby boomers of the 1960s and Generation X in the 1990s, Joel Stein's May 20 story set out to capture the character of millennials. The piece was widely shared, but many readers took issue with its description of 20-somethings as "lazy and narcissistic." The New Republic's Marc Tracy faulted Stein's logic: "Millennials are less ambitious; therefore they are lazy." The Atlantic's Elspeth Reeve cited data showing that young people often "get over themselves as they get older." The Huffington Post's Tyler Kingkade criticized the tongue-in-cheek video in...

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