Slackonomics: Generation X in the Age of Creative Destruction

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Da Capo Press, 2008 - Social Science - 212 pages
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Generation X grew up in the 1980s, when Alex P. Keaton was going to be a millionaire by the time he was thirty, greed was good, and social activism was deader than disco. Then globalization and the technological revolution came along, changing everything for a generation faced with bridging the analog and digital worlds. Living in a time of “creative destruction” – when an old economic order is upended by a new one – has deeply affected everyday life for this generation; from how they work, where they live, how they play, when they marry and have children to their attitudes about love, humor, happiness, and personal fulfillment. Through a sharp and entertaining mix of pop and alt-culture, personal narrative, and economic analysis, author Lisa Chamberlain shows how Generation X has survived and even thrived in the era of creative destruction, but will now be faced with solving economic and environmental problems on a global scale.

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In this essay, Chamberlain looks at the contributions of Gen-Xers to modern society. From the workplace and family, to politics and economics, she looks at the place that this generation carved for ... Read full review

Slackonomics: generation X in the age of creative destruction

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Slackonomics doesn't have much to do with economics or with the recent best seller Freakonomics. But then, Chamberlain is forthright about being a freelance writer, not an economist. In a book that is ... Read full review


Bridging the Analog and Digital Generations
My Futures So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades
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Lisa Chamberlain is a regular contributor to the New York Times and the executive director of the Forum for Urban Design. Her writing has also appeared in Salon, New York magazine, and the New York Observer. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of a Village Voice-owned weekly paper. She lives in the East Village in New York City. Please visit her blog at 


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