The 2016 election, and its aftermath, is less about millennials as a group than what Richard Florida, over a decade ago, called the “creative class.”
The creative class consists, as an old comic from college recounts, of those people “accused of wealth and guilty of education.” Anyone in a creative pursuit, whether that involves liberal arts or science and math, is part of the creative class.
Techies are part of the creative class. So are people like me.
The creative class, as a group, has different needs than the Organization Man William Whyte wrote about in 1956. For us, work isn’t something we do from 9 to 5. It’s what consumes us, what drives us. Our passion for what we do is a key to our productivity. Thus, we desire continual contact with one another, both online and offline. The center of our city is not downtown, but a research university, which may be in another part of the city or in a separate city by itself.