Via Wired:

The MySpace generation is a “somewhat alien life force,” a Navy recruiting presentation contends — with a language and lifestyle that’s almost unrecognizable to adults. And because the kids are such “coddled,” “narcissistic praise junkies,” they’ll be beyond tough to bring into the military. Propensity to join the armed forces among these so-called “millennials” has dropped to as little as 3%; that’s down from 26% in 2001.

“Narcissistic praise junkies?” Seems pretty accurate to me.

The Iraq war has only discouraged millennials further. Up to 32% say it has made them “less patriotic,” and up to 67% say they are “less likely to join the military.”

Big surprise. I hardly expect sane kids, much less “narcissistic praise junkies” to sign up for the Stupid Pointless War. Much less when our execution of said SPW leaves little to be proud of. (Guantanamo? Rendition? Torture?)

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  • At least THOSE kids would have known not to build a swastika-shaped building:

    Barracks at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, Calif. were built as four L-shaped buildings, four decades ago.

    But it wasn’t until online satellite imaging tools such as Google Earth made pictures from above readily accessible that the shape sparked controversy.

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