4. Can we trust those youths who have no meaningful memories of the 1990's?
My original answer was:
I tend to think not. I drive past a high school every day on my way to work, and the kids are starting to dress like they're in a Young MC video or maybe big Madonna fans. I don't think they know that's what they're emulating. The undergrads I see are basically okay, but they're easily distracted and swayed by anything from donuts to sparkley lights. Basically, I don't trust anyone who still has dreams or aspirations.
I work on a college campus. Almost every day I am surrounded by bright young people who were born between 1990 and 1995. Many are lovely people, and if I didn't believe that, I wouldn't work there. But I also know that this is the first time they've stepped away from the helicopter-parenting, special-snowflake environs in which they were raised. One bubble into another.
I don't know if I'd anchor my answer necessarily to the 1990's, other than that the 1990's were the era in which I passed from teenager to college graduate, and the cultural and historical events of the era no doubt had a huge hand in how I think of things today.
Do I trust a 19 year old telling me about hip new bands? No, I do not. I've had almost twenty years to outgrow the bands I liked, understand their influences later on - and stop believing that they sprung from the earth fully formed as geniuses, the like of which the world had never seen before.