OK Boomer: Chatter or Chiller

Social Sciences

Course Description

This course will take place entirely on Zoom (20th December update).

Recent “OK boomer” internet memes have prompted discussions about whether something bigger than the usual generational conflict is being reflected. Some see the memes as offensive and indicative of a dangerous ageism prevalent in workplaces and internet culture, while others see “OK boomer” as capturing a collective Millennial and Gen Z frustration with older people who fail to understand the economic precarity and impending environmental catastrophe facing young people today. “What really lies behind the meme is increasing economic, environmental, and social anxiety, and the feeling that baby boomers are leaving younger generations to clean up their mess… The stakes feel much more fraught and high risk than other generational clashes” (Vox, 2019).

This course will ask: How do we define generations and what are the historical moments that have shaped Boomers/Gen X/Millennials/Gen Z? Do recent events suggest that Gen X/Millennials/Gen Z are claiming their place in the sphere of social responsibility? Where did memes come from and how powerful a tool can they be? To what extent are these generational tensions a function of previously non-existent technologies that increasingly pervade all aspects of society? To help answer these questions, we will read a variety of recent articles as well as two novels that put the Boomer and Millennial generations “under the microscope” (Philip Roth’s American Pastoral and Patricia Lockwood’s No One Is Talking About This).

Books to Purchase (will be available at Argo Bookshop during the weeks prior to the course beginning):

    • No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood (9780593395714)
    • American Pastoral by Philip Roth (9780375701429)

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 14 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

First Session: Wednesday 19 January 2022

Course Length: weeks, Wednesdays, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Discussion Team: Charlotte Boatner-Doane, Jennifer MacGregor, Zoe Shaw

Degree Credit: 0 credits

Course Fee: 

$120.00 (standard tuition)
$80.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$145.00 (standard tuition)
$105.00 (promotion for new students)

Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Students pursuing studies for credit are encouraged to consult with their advisers as they register for courses.

Course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers, should call (514) 935-9585 to pay by phone or to schedule an appointment to pay in person.

If you are a RETURNING student and wish to attend ON ZOOM

If you are NEW to TMI and wish to attend ON ZOOM

Questions? Stuck? Give us a call at (514) 935-9585
or email us at info@thomasmore.qc.ca