In the article “The Go-Nowhere Generation,” the Buchholzes argue that the present generation of youths has taken a turn for the worse, losing the sense of spirit that were once synonymous with people of their age and settling for meager jobs in their hometowns instead. The target audience of “The Go-Nowhere Generation” is educated older adults and parents, who are most likely to share the authors’ views. The authors implement a series of comparisons, which include statistics and descriptions, between the past and present generation of young adults to illustrate their position. However, though the authors make several valid points that are supported by solid evidence, the article falls short of being truly convincing due to its narrow views
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It is subtly scathing and derisive of today’s young people, which might agree with the attitudes that certain readers of the New York Times hold. However, not all readers of the New York Times are elderly hypercritics, which, it seems, the authors of this article have assumed them to be. As a result, the views of this article might possibly alienate some of the audience, losing its persuasion. In addition, it hardly provides satisfactory explanations for the observed behavior of the present youths and barely acknowledges other viewpoints, therefore going on the defense very little and focusing mainly on the offense. The Buchholzes spend most of the article attributing these “go-nowhere” behaviors to innate risk-aversive traits of present youths rather than considering possible external behaviors that could also explain the discouraging statistics.
“The Go-Nowhere Generation” is written for educated older adults and parents to argue that the population of young people today have become uninspired, too absorbed with the Internet and too afraid of the recession to take risks and become success stories. Although the authors present strong evidence that might resonate with their intended audience, the New York Times’ fan base consists of more than just pompous elders that look down upon the loose youngsters of the present day. As a result, the argument is not effective in the sense that it could be offensive to other members of the audience, not just those who