Friday, 11 January 2013

The Boomer years - Post WW II

When were you born?

 The US baby Boom.

Graph showing Live births: England and Wales UK Stats

The graph for the UK goes back to the beginning of the last century and shows distinctive peaks after both world wars and then again in the 'free love' sixties. What does it all mean? Well the post WW II boomers are now retiring and hence the rise of the 'grey pound' a term I don't like as you will know if you read yesterdays poem 'Quartet'. But I am from that era and that is undeniable. 

From Wikipedia -
Baby boomers are associated with a rejection or redefinition of traditional values; however, many commentators have disputed the extent of that rejection, noting the widespread continuity of values with older and younger generations. In Europe and North America boomers are widely associated with privilege, as many grew up in a time of widespread government subsidies in post-war housing and education, and increasing affluence.
As a group, they were the wealthiest, most active, and most physically fit generation up to that time, and amongst the first to grow up genuinely expecting the world to improve with time. They were also the generation that received peak levels of income, therefore they could reap the benefits of abundant levels of food, apparel, retirement programs, and sometimes even "midlife crisis" products.
I would take issue with the commentary on wealth as that is still controlled by a tiny section of society irrespective of when we were born. 
From a writers point of view 'boomers' are probably readers as it was more prevalent as a source of information and entertainment whereas now the internet will have taken over. However, it does mean that there is an audience for us boomer writers and that audience is also generating the films mentioned in earlier blogs. That generation has lived through privation, free love, flower power and the boom years of the sixties and seventies. I believe they are a group that has 'standards' but also can be great divergent thinkers - not an easy group to write for. 

God Bless