… it is obvious that Generation X cannot be understood or theorized using conventional approaches from youth culture or subcultural theory. Like Silent Bob, we cannot expect Xer popular culture to reveal or reflect the values of a generation. Instead, he simply stands there, bemused but not terribly interested. Films[,] and popular culture generally, do not provide us with an easy ‘representation’ of post-boomer generations. Instead, these texts are actively negating a coherently performed self, hailing an audience with references to other films, other fictions and other views of the world. Popular culture is inadequate, but provides an iconographic database that builds a banal, superficial, but satisfying literacy. This is a method of reading and understanding inequality that rarely unsettles social structures. It creates revelation without revolution.(p. 22)
Brabazon, Tara. From Revolution to Revelation: Generation X, Popular Memory and Cultural Studies. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2005.