Synopsis

Society is changing, but how are people changing? We observe two interlocking occurrences: the fall of social rules and the rise of individualism. We live in a time when high self-esteem is encouraged from childhood, when young people have more freedom and independence than ever. It seems the recent generations (Gen X, Y, Z), which we refer to as Gen ME, have not embraced the rules of etiquette, which are built around “respect for other people”. The focus of today’s new generations is often about their feelings. Gen ME has the highest self-esteem; they are more confident and assertive. They feel more free, equal, and entitled; but also they are the most cynical and miserable of any generation. We see the highest rate of depression, loneliness, isolation, and suicide among Gen ME.

These generational changes in self-centered behavior are developing a culture of narcissism, which has grown exponentially in recent years to the point of an epidemic. The influence of “instant stardom” as a result of social media such as YouTube and Facebook, MTV and other reality television programing, as well as the surge in body image modification; all support the pernicious spread of narcissism in today’s culture. Gen ME has created a profound shift in our culture and has a significant effect in changing what it means to be an individual in today’s society.

One of the most daunting challenges of the century is the clash of this generation’s entitled self-focus in today’s competitive marketplace. More than any other generation, all that was promised and not delivered at their adulthood has disappointed Gen ME, children of the Baby Boomers. There is a huge collision between their expectations and reality. As the world is becoming increasingly competitive, they want higher paying - and higher status – jobs, coupled with a better work/life balance. What is the impact on the Corporate hiring market and what are the current and future challenges and implications in response to these new trends in the workplace?

The provocative and inquisitive assessments of this documentary will look at the different generations, including their history, cultural identity, traits and trends, and voice the fallout on how we arrived here. We will evaluate the Boomer legacy, for educators, parents, employers and the society in general. It will reveal what the future risks are, weigh the costs and benefits of radical individualism, and seek what opportunities exist for Gen ME to succeed in today's world. How do Baby Boomers reconcile their top-down management style with the collaborative instincts of the younger generations? How can they harness the energy and drive of Gen ME?

We will answer these questions and more, to bridge this generational divide and lay the path toward a better future.

Executive Team