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For years, we’ve discussed millennials as if, at best, they were some sort of novelty. Or, at worst, an annoyance, a temperamental demographic that lived as cultural aliens.

(Full disclosure: Born in 1970, I sit squarely in the middle-child generation known only as X, as if we were a simple unknown in the equation sandwiched between the almighty Boomers and the up-and-coming Millenials. We might not be as revered as our elders, but we get nowhere near the attention our successors do. In short, I’ve got no dog in this fight.)

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