Mia spoke to The Project on Channel 10 yesterday as part of a ‘battle of the generations’ series. She’s calling it for Generation X. Are you convinced?
Q: Mia, what defines Generation X?
MIA: Our awesomeness? Well we’re quiet achievers – Boomers and Gen Ys make such a fuss, we just get on with it. Gen Xers are independent, resourceful, laid-back and self-sufficient. We had to be. We grew up in such uncertain times – we saw our parents lose jobs in the recession and we had to deal with AIDS and the ozone layer and the cold war… things were tough.
Q: Do you identify as an Xer, and if so, how?
M: Yeah, I totally do. So much of it is about pop culture touch points: Haysi Fantayzee, Chances, Helen & Mikey on Triple J, Desperately Seeking Susan, Kramer Vs Kramer, Breakfast Club, Reality Bites, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Melrose Place…
Q: How difficult was it coming after the Baby Boomers? Because they really got to have the fun, when you Gen Xers arrived the world kind of became a scary place…..
M: Well, the Baby Boomers did take all the oxygen – and they still do! They had free love and The Beatles and The Rolling Stones… they got the pill and we got condoms! Us Xers came of age during a really depressing and scary time – AIDS, the cold war, environmental disasters, the recession, skin cancer…