Segments in this Video

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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Millennials—the generation of young people coming of age in the early 21st century—have recently been much maligned. Are their critics right? Is this generation, which has grown up with revolutionary technology and entered adulthood in a time of recession, uniquely coddled, narcissistic, and lazy? Or have we let conventional wisdom blind us to their openness to change and innovation, and optimism in the face of uncertainty, which, in any generation, are qualities to be admired? Rethink your point of view with this Intelligence Squared U.S. Oxford-style debate. (96 minutes)

Length: 97 minutes

Item#: FMK58365

ISBN: 978-0-81609-944-3

Copyright date: ©2014

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