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GASPing at Straws

Oh boy, here we go again. From the AP:

Yawns: new breed of rich and young but frugal
SAN FRANCISCO – They drive hybrid cars, if they drive at all, shop at local stores, if they shop at all and pay off their credit cards every month, if they use them at all.
They may have disposable income, but whatever they make, they live below their means, in a conscious effort to tread lightly on the earth.
They are a new breed of Gen Xers and Ys, Young and Wealthy but Normal, or Yawns.
The acronym comes from The Sunday Telegraph of London, which noted that an increasing number of rich young Britons are socially aware, concerned about the environment and given less to consuming than to giving money to charity.
Yawns sound dull, but they are the new movers and shakers, their dreams big and bold. They are men and women in their 20s, 30s and 40s who want nothing less than to change the world and save the planet.

Boy it’s hard to read when you can’t stop your eyes from rolling. I was going to say something certifiably witty about how ridiculous this is, but it would be impossible to top this guy:

Don’t forget the GASPs, the Generational Acronym Stereotype Promoters. Preferring catchy buzzwords and incoherent cliches to actual research, the GASPs are the movers and shakers of the trend-reporting world. They produce a steady stream of articles about the new breed of young, smart, wealthy, advertiser-desirable consumitizens who will, over time, behave exactly like the last batch of young, smart, wealthy, etc, acronyms. A scientist at a major university says that sometimes the past affects peoples’ behavior. Some disagree, but many believe that two or three anecdotes, plus a bunch of weasel words, confirms a trend that will soon change every aspect of our lives.

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