Sean Plunket & Dr Jordan B Peterson on the millennial snowflake generation

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Sean

In general terms, Jordan, and we have it in this country and indeed everywhere we look at the millennial generation ? they get a bit of stick here ? they’re called snowflakes ? they seem to get outraged, not only on their own behalf but on behalf of others at the drop of a hat, and they use social media, as elsewhere in the world, to call out the things they find offensive, or that hurt their feelings. Do you think there is a collective generational psychosis occurring because of social media?

Jordan

Ah… I don?t know if the millennial generation is any less sane than the baby-boomers. I mean the baby-boomers had plenty of trouble and they caused plenty of grief and misery in the 1960s and experimented, you know, crazily with psychedelic drugs and the wild life style and promiscuous sex and all of those things, and I don?t think the millennials are any worse or any better.

I do think that? ah? there is a small subset of them who are rather dependent and rather narcissistic and who are being encouraged in both of those by reprehensible adults in positions of authority, primarily in the universities, to make the most of their victimhood feelings and status.

And I do think that the social media platforms also allow for a disproportionate effect of… social effect of people who have extreme views. That also in combination with the… with the increasing depth of the… of the standard collective media which is increasingly desperate for attention and so will spend more and more attention paying to people who… paying… spend more and more time paying attention to people who have extreme views on the right and the left.

Sean

You might be the exception that proves that rule, to be honest, Jordan.

Jordan

Well, it?s possible, it’s possible. But I mean, I have certainly been represented as an extreme figure and that?s really something? apart from the fact that I am adamant in my opposition to the radical leftists, which is rather rare among intellectuals.

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