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Millennials and Baby Boomers Seek to Understand Each Other

Middle Ground is a web series from Jubilee Media that brings together groups of people with opposing view points to try and find common ground. In this episode from Season 2, the producers bring together a group of three millennials and three baby boomers to talk about their similarities and differences. The millennials are: Steve, and entrepreneur; Leslie, a communication strategist; and Rock, a filmmakers. The boomers are: Toni, a business owner; Junko, a musician; and Candace, an actress/producer. The filmmakers ask each person to agree or disagree with the following statements: “When it comes to work, you should do what you love;” “Millennials don’t work as hard as previous generations;” “Young people today face harder challenges than any previous generation;” and “My children will grow up in a better world than I did.

discussion

Why do the producers but these two generations in conversation?

Which statements do the boomers and millennials generally agree on? Which statements are they more divided on? What do you think these similarities and differences reveal?

How might this video be different if the people in the video all had working-class jobs such as auto mechanic, factory worker, truck driver, server, bartender, and cleaning person?

How does this video serve the producers aim to “challenge conventional thinking, bridge people together, and inspire love?” Do you think media, like this, is an effective tool to challenge traditional ways of thinking and seeing the world?