I think one of the biggest differences between Gen X and Gen Y is that X was a very DIY generation. We made our own music and fashion. We dictated what the next big thing was. The Gap just co-opted our angst and turned it into a fashion statement. X influenced the mainstream, not the other way around. Gen X got “it”.
Today, Gen Y has everything shoved down their throats. The media tells them what is cool and when it’s cool. The music and fashion are force fed. The major record companies dictate what music they listen to and Forever 21 tells them what’s in fashion. They have been manipulated by the media into thinking they must have the next big thing or they won’t be trendy. The mainstream never had to catch on to Y, it always was the mainstream. There isn’t even an “it” for Gen Y to get.
I listened to Pearl Jam today on my commute in case you can’t tell.