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The Generation X Aptitude Test:

1. Do you want to change the world?

Yes, and I’m proud to say we did it, man. We changed the world. Just look around you!

Yes, absolutely, and I promise I will get back to doing that just as soon as interest rates return to where they’re supposed to be.

Omigod, omigod, changing the world and helping people is, like, totally important to me! I worked in a soup kitchen once and it was so sad but the poor people there had so much dignity!

The way you phrase that question is so fucking cheesy and absurd that I am not even sure I want to continue with this pointless exercise.


That’s the only question on the GXAT. I could tack on a bunch of stuff about John Hughes movies and George Stephanopoulos and the Austrian version of “Rock Me Amadeus,” but there is no need. We’re done. If you chose d, accept it: you’re an Xer, even if you happen to be eighty years old. As people like Coupland have been pointing out for years now, X is more a sensibility than a rigidly confined demographic.

X Saves the World, Jeff Gordinier

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