How Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt deconstructs the Millennial myth | Politix



For the first “proper” episode of my Politix series, we’re diving in to Tina Fey’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Aziz Ansari’s Master of None in order to explore how each show represents Millennials, or the Millennial generation.

This video essay asks what it is that differentiates Millennials from previous generations (particularly Baby Boomers and Generation X) and analyses how these differentiations play out in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Master of None.

Particularly, we take a look at how the practices or behaviours of Millennials (such as a reliance upon technology and a tendency to have children or buy a house later) have been used as a marker for pointing out Millennials’ supposed flaws. Following this, we see how both shows problematicise these accusations.

As I’ve said before, this video essay format is something of a new experiment for me so, if you have any thoughts, please do let me know in the comments.

And, here’s some references to some of the books and studies I refer to throughout the video (not alphabetised I’m afraid…):

de Certeau, Michel (1984 [1980]) The Practice of Everyday Life. London: University of California Press.

Strauss, W. and Howe, N. (1991) /Generations: The History of America’s Future, 1584 to 2069/. New York: Harper Perennial.

Strauss, W. and Howe, N. (2000) /Millenials Rising: The Next Great Generation/. New York: Vintage Books.

Thompson, Derrek (2012) ‘Adulthood, Delayed: What Has the Recession Done to Millennials?’. /The Atlantic/. [Online] [22nd June 2018].

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