Millennials Strike Back (Griffith Review, Volume 56)

October 31, 2020
Millennials Strike Back (Griffith Review, Volume 56)

Millennials have had bad press for a long time. Now they arefighting back, making their mark on a world that is profoundlydifferent from the one their parents knew.The oldest were in primary school when the Soviet Unioncollapsed and deregulation swept the west. As they enteredadulthood they witnessed 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq and, morerecently, watched as Chinese capitalism revived consumerism, theglobal financial crisis pushed capitalism to the brink, andFacebook was born.This is the best educated, most connected generation ever, butthe world they live in does not offer easy pathways. Somemillennials are detached and disillusioned, but others are comingup with innovative ideas, experimenting with new ways to live andwork. Their vision and energy will shape the future.This special edition of Griffith Review is devoted tothe challenges and opportunities this generation is facing andembracing—political uncertainty, climate change, globalisation andeconomic stagnation.Julianne Schultz AM FAHA is the founding editor of GriffithReview, the award-winning literary and public affairsquarterly journal.Jerath Head is a writer and editor. He works for GriffithReview and Griffith University's Policy Innovation Hub.'[A] rich and enlightening and often surprising collection.'Peter Pierce, Australian