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MTV Generation
If you identified with the kids from The Breakfast Club when it came out, you're now much closer to the age of Principal Vernon.
Title text: If you identified with the kids from The Breakfast Club when it came out, you're now much closer to the age of Principal Vernon.


People often call today's kids the MTV Generation, like White Hat does in the strip, because the MTV Generation were accused of bad attention spans and concentration (caused by MTV). Megan explains that the term really originated about 25 years ago, so today's kids are actually one generation newer.

An alternative definition of "the MTV generation", is that they are the teenage 12-19 year olds of the early 2000's to mid 2010's, because they were born to parents who came of child-bearing age during the core popularity time period referenced by the comic.

MTV is Music Television, it is a TV channel in the US and elsewhere that, when it started in the 1980s, used to show music videos. The focus has now shifted to reality shows.

The Breakfast Club is an iconic movie from 1985 in which 5 very different teenagers spend a Saturday detention together at the school. Principal Vernon was the principal in the movie and was the overseer of the detention - the actor playing principal Vernon was around 45 years old at the time of filming.

Randall has covered making people feel old several times in 647: Scary, 891: Movie Ages and 1393: Timeghost.


[One of them damn kids that won't get OFF MY LAWN plays with some gadget-a-mabob while ignoring every damn thing around him off in the background. White Hat and Megan are in the foreground.]
White Hat: See, that's the problem with the MTV generation— No attention span.
Megan: You know, that phrase referred to the 12-19 demographic that formed the core MTV audience in the mid-1980s.
White Hat: Uh huh? So?
Megan: That generation's now in their 40s.
[White Hat scratches his head.]
White Hat: That can't be right.
Megan: Face it: Your problem with the MTV generation is their kids.

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Yeah, so it made them bad parents. Still a valid complaint. On a side note, how old must White Hat be to be dismissive of the MTV generation himself? Davidy²²[talk] 08:19, 9 March 2013 (UTC)

Actually it's worse. The MTV generation is nearly 50. Some are grandparents. - 15:52, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Especially those who watched MTV in the late 1980s, when the style of videos changed from abstract art to soft porn.Seebert (talk) 15:25, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

After 4 years of living in fear Roy Batty apparently died a dreadful death without a whimper. A very brave and "manly" creature. We should act now. There may still be time! I used Google News BEFORE it was clickbait (talk) 17:48, 22 January 2015 (UTC)

Well, Seebert, this comic was published in 2011. Back then, the MTV generation was in their late thirties and early forties.

Hello from 10 years later! That generation is now in their 50's. --mezimm 20:33, 5 November 2021 (UTC)