Web Whisperer – OK Boomer.


Ryan Lewis, Assistant Editor

Jokes usually are never formed with the thought of its longevity. Often they are being used in extended conversation to settle and control a mood generally. Some comedic banter, however, is generational and can transcend its intended lifespan. The newest scoff remark, “OK Boomer,” has taken the internet by storm the past two months. It’s a simple comedic dismissal phrase uttered by many millennials and Gen Zs to combat the Baby Boomer generation’s dismissive nature towards the two. It looks like the youth culture of today is genius.

If you do not know what I am talking about, let me explain.

The Baby Boomer generation is a socio-economic term used to categorize individuals who were born between Post-World War II and during the height of the Civil Rights Movement (from 1946 to 1964) in America. The individuals of that generation, have been criticized as of recent for their denial and disgust for Millennials (people born 1985 to 1995) and Generation Z (from 1996 to present) culture. They are criticized for being more confidently liberal than outright conservative, and these two younger generations have generally been seen as a burden to the absolute growth of the country.

A Vox article on the whole topic of this meme sparked the conversation that, “OK boomer implies that the older generation misunderstands millennial and Gen Z culture and politics so fundamentally that years of condescension and misrepresentation have led to this pointedly terse rebuttal and rejection.”

The article went on to say, “the ‘OK boomer’ meme is driven both by [the current] generation’s deep economic and environmental anxiety and by progressive values that are growing firmer over time.”

These changes being that “everybody in Gen Z is affected by the choices of the boomers, that they made [growing up] and are still making,” says teen entrepreneur Nina Kasman.