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1 Karim Gres Karim ENG 355:101: MK November 16, 2011 Jean Twenge: “An Army of One: Me,” Janine Wedel: “Confidence Men and Their Flex Lives,” Malcolm Gladwell: “The Power of Context” In a constantly changing world of technological and social advances, today’s young generation has a stress-free lifestyle that is the result of the older generation’s hard work. Malcolm Gladwell, in “The Power of Context: Bernie Goetz and the Rise and Fall of New York City Crime,” exemplifies an idea that the external environment has a great impact on an individual’s actions, altering a reaction, thus leading to events that would not occur in the norm. In her essay, “An Army of One: Me,” Jean Twenge describes the new Generation Me as a medium through which an individual moves through society to believe that his or her own needs, ideas, and thoughts are important and should be cherished. Janine Wedel, in “Confidence Men and Their Flex Lives,” leads to believe society is living in a world of flexibility, and incorporates a word, the “flexian,” to depict how society lives in a world where power and influence are wielded. Through the readings, evidence is provided that GenMe is basically a product of flexian behavior, where they both share similar and opposing characteristics. Flexians are professionals that carry a large sense of motivation, whereas GenMe lacks these motivational skills. The flexians are characterized by ambiguous roles that allow them to manipulate GenMe. Both GenMe and the flexians are naturally selfish and ambitious. The flexians can be described as high status citizens who have multiple identities and inhabit many different organizations and networks, and have powerful knowledge and skill sets that influence social developments. They effectively inhabit multiple overlapping roles and do not break rules, but find their ways around them. As Wedel
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2 claims, “Ambiguity inherent in the connectedness of flexians’ roles… yields not only flexibility but deniability… it is a defense. They need not necessarily break the rules; they merely shift around them” (515). Flexians perform different ambiguous roles to increase their influence on society and their position in society. They do not change society’s rules or break them; they interpret them in different ways, change the qualities, and fundamentally give rise to new rules. These ambiguous roles that allow them to create coincidences of interest to promote public policies have manipulated the role of GenMe in society, the expression of being a unique individual in today’s society. GenMe must take use of their resources that the flexians offer and make use to improve their sense of self. For example, entering the job market as a young adult will help build one’s credit
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