Intro: John Donvan (04:18)
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate Forum chairman Robert Rosenkranz provides a background on challenges and opportunities for young people entering the job market.
Millennial Debate "Housekeeping" (05:50)
Moderator John Donvan states the motion, explains the debate format, and introduces the panel members for each side.
For the Motion: W. Keith Campbell (05:53)
University of Georgia psychology Professor, W. Keith Campbell argues that Millennials were raised with inflated self-esteem, shifted from intrinsic to extrinsic values, and face a challenging economy.
Against the Motion: Jessica Grose (06:23)
Journalist and "Sad Desk Salad" author, Jessica Grose cites successful young entrepreneurs and refutes arguments that Millennials sponge off their parents, are immature, immoral, and narcissistic.
For the Motion: Binta Niambi Brown (07:43)
Lawyer, start-up adviser and human rights advocate, Binta Niambi Brown argues that decreasing educational quality and poor economic policies has set up Millennials to fail.
Against the Motion: David D. Burstein (07:02)
Generation18 founder and "Fast Future" author, David D. Burstein argues that the millennial generation has higher civic engagement, understands globalization, is economically resilient, and values entrepreneurship.
Millennial Optimism (06:34)
Donvan summarizes for and against arguments. Binta Brown (for) says that young people have always been optimistic; David Burstein (against) argues that Millennials are considering their economic context.
Millennial Materialism (01:49)
Binta Brown (for) argues that optimism fuels consumption; David Burstein (against) argues that spending patterns have changed young people aren't making large financial commitments.
Millennial Social Networks (02:12)
W. Keith Campbell (for) argues that young people are compromising relationship depth for breadth; Jessica Grose (against) says that technology hasn't changed her core group of friends.
Millennial Diversity (01:52)
Binta Brown (for) argues that young people aren't integrating socially; David Burstein (against) argues that minority opportunities have improved.
Millennial Narcissism (03:42)
W. Keith Campbell (for) argues that young people have inflated self-esteem; Jessica Grose (against) argues that social media is a tool to present their best face to the world.
Millennial "Exceptionalism" (03:44)
Binta Brown (for) argues that narcissism masks challenges; David Burstein (against) points out that more are volunteering while W. Keith Campbell (for) argues that they are doing so for extrinsic reasons.
Millennials and the Future (02:01)
Jessica Grose (against) believes young people are better equipped to fix systemic problems; Binta Brown (for) cites statistics that minorities have fewer opportunities than in previous generations.
QA: Millennial Lifestyle Values (03:14)
Panelists respond to an audience question of whether young people aren't spending because of sustainability ideals or financial restraints.
QA: Millennial Empowerment (02:47)
Binta Brown (for) responds to an audience question of what young people can do about their economic disadvantages.
QA: Millennial Personality Traits (03:39)
W. Keith Campbell (for) outlines research showing narcissism has increased among young people, both individually and as a cultural phenomenon.
QA: Millennial Political Participation (08:12)
Panelists respond to an audience question about whether young people use social media beyond narcissistic purposes, and debate the result of the "KONY 2011" video.
QA: Millennial Circumstance (01:57)
David Burstein responds to an audience question of which generation was dealt a worse hand than the current one.
Millennial Technology "Nativism" (03:31)
Panelists debate whether young people are more digitally savvy, and agree that they enjoy greater Internet access than previous generations.
Concluding Statement For: W. Keith Campbell (01:59)
Campbell argues that we should have changed our system since the 2008 financial crash.
Concluding Statement Against: Jessica Grose (02:08)
Grose argues that the economy was worse during the Gilded Age, and that it’s unfair to compare the Millennials to the '60s social model.
Concluding Statement For: Binta Niambi Brown (02:09)
Brown argues that Generation X has let the Millennials down, and urges addressing structural and systemic issues limiting their life opportunities.
Concluding Statement Against: David Burstein (02:12)
Burstein argues that Millennials are better equipped to thrive in an accelerating society, and have a greater understanding of where the world is headed.
Time to Vote (03:02)
Donvan instructs the audience to vote, and discusses the next debate "Death is Not Final."
Audience Vote Results (01:13)
Predebate - For: 18 - Against: 47 - Don't know: 35 Post-debate - For: 38 - Against: 52 - Undecided: 10
Credits: Millennials Don’t Stand a Chance: A Debate (01:04)
Credits: Millennials Don’t Stand a Chance: A Debate
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