n. The generation born in 1978 or later.
Network executives vying for youth-market ratings know that to portray the millennial generation as insulated or carefree would be absurd — as it is in the 1998 movie "Pleasantville," in which two teens get stuck inside a 1950s TV show.
The youngest generation is still taking on members. These Millennial Generation tots, born beginning in 1982, are entering a childhood today's collegians would hardly recognize.
Finally, today's (Civic) Millennial tots, born after 1981, are already the stars of cuddly baby movies and the objects of wartime sympathy. America's next great cadre of doers, they will grow up basking in adult praise for their intelligence, obedience and optimism. They will happily participate in a national service a Boom-run Congress is likely to establish for them. But rising Millennials will be encouraged to build more than reflect. By the time today's infants reach age 30, spiritual energy will be the province of the old, not the young.