Detached from its economic, political, sociological and historical context, that general attitude could look a lot like narcissism, entitlement, or nihilism. And it’s not 100% not those things. But let’s acknowledge what else it is: naked desperation, produced by circumstances beyond our control. A prior generation told us that we could only count on ourselves, and we had to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps. Well, guess what? Maybe “Generation Me” is just another name for a bunch of scared, hungry, angry, lonely people, all bent over and tugging with all their might.