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The change was quick and hardly noticeable at all, but some of you noticed and I want to say thank you for calling me out. It really made me think about how quickly I jumped to the wrong conclusion doing exactly what I accuse others of doing!

What is it you ask?

A few weeks again I wrote a post called “The Latest Trend: Boomer Bashing And You’ll Never Beleive Who’s Doing It“. In that post, I discussed a new trend that I have been seeing across some of the Boomer blogs that I maintain. Horrible, nasty comments hoping that Boomers will basically get sick and die.

COMMENTS FROM BOOMER SITES:

A comment left on the blog of a Boomer blogger

(BOOMER BEACH BULLETIN)

Melissa Smith
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74.81.88.74
You baby boomers destroyed your own children’s future, and then laughed about it and blamed it on them. Do you realize that you are going to end up in a retirement home where you are going to get treated like total trash, and abused? Your children won’t be able to help you, even if they wanted to. Karma’s a bitch, you boomer scum.
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(SOURCE  UNKNOWN BUT SENT TO ME BY MY FRIEND THE VINTAGE CONTESSA)
or this one:
you boomers are shutting down the entire economy because you’re afraid of a flu. Seriously, can you boomers kill yourselves? You are the most selfish generation to ever exist. You don’t give a shit about climate change, why should we young people give a shit if you get sick and die of some virus? I HOPE the virus gets much stronger and kills you all.

Baby Boomers are being blamed for:

  1. The world shutting down.
  2. The economy downfall.
  3. Skyrocketing unemployment rates
  4. Pretty much the state of the world and any and all problems within it.

In this post, I jump to conclusions without any evidence and but the blame right at the Millenials’ feet. I hate stereotypes or being put into a box and that’s exactly what I did without proof and for that I am sorry.

Some of the follow-up comments

My friend Kathy from SmartLiving.com

Hi Rena! Yes, I’ve gotten these messages on a semi-regular basis but I obviously never let them see the light of day on my own blog. I simply eliminate them in my moderation. But I’m not exactly convinced that they are coming from our juniors. It would be fairly easy to “bot” these messages so they could be coming from other countries attempting to eliminate (or at least discourage) our voices here on the internet. What’s the saying, “Haters gonna hate” so I don’t waste any time with them at all. As an optimist, I continue to believe that most people are good and have good intentions. As for the rest of them, let’s just ignore their anger. ~Kathy

And this one by one of my readers & friends Shelley Merchant

Enjoyed the post. Unfortunately, I think there’s plenty of blame to go around. Some millennials are just jerks – but so are some of us boomers (and I’m a boomer). But the comments you showed are just hateful and indicate someone looking for a fight. but I have to admit some serious frustration with a lot of my boomer cohorts b/c I do see a lot of bashing on the younger generation.It seems to me like both sides want to paint the other side with sweeping generalizations rather than treating people as individuals.  I don’t know the answer b/c there’s points on both sides but it sure would be nice if everyone could try to work together instead of just throwing stones at each other. But I do understand the millennials frustration b/c they have been left a mess IMO. Some will have the maturity to try to make positive change while others will likely just sit back and pout.
Take care,
Shelley

 

The fact is that while those comments on their own were eye-opening and a little scary I have no clue where they come from and that’s exactly what the comment writer wanted. I love that you guys called me on it. I needed it and once I read your comments it really opened my eyes to what may be happening.

So for the last two weeks, I have tried to follow the clues. I’ve gone down rabbit holes, I even went to Reddit (because my daughter said this was the best place to see what the younger generations think of us older folks) even though technically I’m A Gen X myself.

I learned terms like: Ok Boomer and Karen which are actually derogatory names that they associate with the Boomer crowd and maybe they deserve it, but as someone in the middle I made it my mission to get to the bottom of this new trend.

I found some interesting things along the way. I’m still not positively sure where these comments originated from, but after tracking IP addresses, chasing email addresses and what I have found was pretty scary. These comments didn’t originate in the countries that I actually first suspected.

I think I have Russian interference stuck in my brain and suspected that they may be behind some of this. What’s the easiest way to throw an election? Turn people against each other. Stir the hornets’ nest is what momma used to say, but I can’t prove it.

But when  I looked at the clues I was kind of shocked at what I found. These comments came from two places. All of them linked back to two places. Texas and Kansas. Now think about that for a moment. An IP address can only give you a small about of information, but these comments came back to one company.

The company is called Sharktech and they are based out of Las Vegas, NV but they have offices in Kansas & Texas. I was able to track one that was close to Cheney Reservoir. If you look at the map below you can see that.

So, there could be several answers here and I don’t think any of them are pointing at Millenials. It looks more like a professional campaign to drive Boomers & Millenials further apart. So who would this benefit? Maybe someone running for President? Although, that could just be my intense hatred coming through.

I owe Millenials a huge apology and for that I”m sorry. I should not have jumped to conclusions before doing my due diligence!

I love that we were able to have a very constructive conversation about the Millenial vs Boomer fight. That’s the way it’s supposed to work and it’s not these days. We are so busy screaming that we are no longer hearing each other and I think that is a detriment to both groups. I for one think that they could both learn a lot from each other.

What do you think?

Rena McDaniel

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