It made me a little sad when a recent article about Woodstock in the New York Times was pelted with negative comments from Gen X and Gen Y. “Get over it, Boomers!” was the gist of the stone throwing. I didn’t go to Woodstock. I was in grade school at the time. But the spirit of the event was not lost on me. It’s a remarkable thing when large numbers of people can gather, somewhat spontaneously and peaceably, to share an experience.
So why all the negativity about Woodstock? I suspect it has something to do with the oppressive influence Boomers have over younger generations. Boomers just don’t seem to be going away any time soon. They stay in charge. They keep calling the shots. And they vaunt their cultural artifacts, like Woodstock, as if nothing else is significant. They are…the establishment. And the younger generations have every right to trample the snow fences surrounding Boomers. Live by the sword, die by the sword.
I only ask one thing. Could we just maintain a little humor in the process of this inevitable overthrow? Creative wiz Cameron Dilley did so in his hilarious rendering of Woodstock for an exhibition in Tampa.