Whether baby boomers can accept it or not, a changing of the guard has taken place with millennials and the up and coming Gen Z generations leading the charge.
They are not thinking or behaving the way they are expected to. Perhaps it's because the "old way" of doing things doesn't work for them. Most baby boomers had traditions and values passed down to them from their parents. Not true with millennials because a lot of their baby boomer parents were too busy focusing on careers, keeping up with the Joneses, and being helicopter parents.
So now we have two younger generations rising up to make their own mark in the world. And they're doing just that. It shouldn't surprise us that social media and social media campaigns have inspired them in ways their older parents and grandparents can't seem to understand or appreciate.
For instance, according to an article written by NerdWallet, when a number of young activists learned that Wells Fargo was among those providing financing towards the construction of the South Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock, they immediately withdrew their money and deposited it elsewhere. The same goes for Justin Garrett Moore who transferred all of his savings to a black owned bank and spearheaded a #BankBlack campaign.
Soon television executives, sports owners and venues may feel the brunt of this new generational power. A report released by L.E.K. Consulting indicates millennial and Gen Z sports fans are bypassing cable television and totally abandoning traditional sports for online video game tournaments and other "eSports." These changes are likely to have implications on viewership for professional sports leagues like the NFL, MLB and NASCAR, and networks like ESPN, Fox Sports and individual teams.
Perhaps it's time the older dogs learn some new tricks in an effort to stay relevant.