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MTV News: Top 5 Cultural Milestones For Class '09

MTV News: Top 5 Cultural Milestones for Class '09

MTV News came up with what it considers the top five cultural milestones for the last graduating class of the decade.
Here's what they came up with:
5. Gay marriage
4. Twitter
3. Twilight
2. Lady Gaga
1. President Obama

Here's how one irate recent graduate responded to the list:

Just omit the middle three and pretend like nothing happened. Just, go five to one. I'm PART of this generation and I am amazed at the choices. But maybe it's because I graduated a whole entire year ahead of them that I realized how stupid my generation is. I mean, I do not even think we would notice if the list went from five to one. We'd just clap our hands and move on to the next shiny, unimportant thing, all the while ignorant to anything beside auto-tuning and Robert Pattinson.

Whether you've just graduated or are old enough to be the parent of an '09 graduate, what do you think about MTV's list and/or this commenter's assessment of the so-called Millennials or Generation Y?

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iamtheish iamtheish 7 years
sidra5397 sidra5397 7 years
I can see why the kid was irked (I'd hate if my generation was defined as Twilighters) but it's MTV so he or she shouldn't take it too seriously.
krys786 krys786 7 years
My question is: who cares what MTV thinks are the cultural milestones of 2009? Not me!
cg130 cg130 7 years
I feel like "Cultural Milestones" is sort of a weird title for things like Twitter, Twilight, and Lady Gaga. Like other posters said, they're more pop culture icons or something. I may not like Twilight, but 2009 has certainly been the year of Twilight. The only choice that I think is REALLY weird is Lady Gaga - I mean, I like her, but she's not particularly revolutionary. I'm a little sad that Brit's comeback didn't get a shoutout :(
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
lol, is the graduate envious of the disco ball generation? or maybe the macarena group?
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
Symphonee, you can thank the helicopter parents.
Symphonee Symphonee 7 years
I hate what "my generation" is becoming in the press: whiny,praise seeking, know it alls.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
Wow, they called my generation slackers when the Miliennials are working for the real title.
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 7 years
Gay marriage and Obama definitley, and maybe I kinda get Twitter, but Twilight and Lady GaGa? I suppose they are kind of big pop culture things, but "cultural milestones"?
margokhal margokhal 7 years
Even if it IS cultural milestones, I'm still a bit surprised. Lady Gaga over Twilight? Not that I don't like Lady Gaga, but I guess I underestimated her sphere of influence. And how the hell did Twilight even make this list? It's not a *milestone* (there have been other - and BETTER! - vampire series before Twilight); it's a trend [whether it's flash-in-the-pan or not, only time will tell]. Twitter I think existed before this year, but it's tremendous growth in popularity and cultural influence would make it worth of a space in the top 5. I agree in part with the angry kid...the really sad fact is that we've gotten so hooked in pop culture that FREAKING MTV can make an "influential" list of Top 5 Cultural's the iGeneration indeed. [I'm showing my age - I graduated from college last year!]
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
I don't think this angry kid realizes they mean pop culture.... not general culture or 2009 history. lighten up.
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