In times of culture upheaval, it seems the best tool for understanding something is to label it. Although attempts to pin down Occupy Wall Street with a single moniker or motivation have failed, the press have moved onto an seemingly easier target: today’s youth.
Sometimes, as in the case of New York magazine’s recent cover story, the powers that be let the youths label themselves. But the cover of the New York Times Sunday Review this weekend took a different route: letting essayist, Yale professor, and critic William Deresiewicz do it for them. The label he came up with? “Generation Sell.” Read More