Features : Radar Online : A Call to Arms Against Millennials
Some efficient ways to gain insight into a group of human beings (say, a "generation"):
- Engage in dialogue with some of its members.
- Undertake participant-observation in the group.
- Study what has already been written or said about the group.
- Attempt to "walk a mile in their shoes."
- Do open-ended interviews with members of other groups who may interact with members of that group.
- Do surveys with a representative sample from that group and from other groups about the target group’s behaviour and perception by both insiders and outsiders.
Some inefficient ways to gain insight into a group of human beings (say, a "generation"):
- Use some arbitrary set of criteria (say, birth year, skin colour, or haircut), lump together people who may not share a common identity and make generalizing statements about them.
- Openly target individual members of the group for ridicule.
- Position yourself as a member of a better group (the judgemental side of ethnocentrism).
- Use as many negative epithets as possible while describing members of that group.
- Use references from your group’s "popular culture" to provide supporting evidence about your group’s superiority.
- Call for a war against that group.
– post by enkerli