Dean Burnett: A recent Observer article insisted millennials are embracing astrology. Like astrology itself, this claim is very questionable
I once wrote a spoof horoscope column for a short-lived comedy publication under the pseudonym” Mystic Bob “. Spoofing horoscopes is a comedy staple, and my own take on it was that given how most horoscopes are largely just a jumble of vague generalisations and unspecific predictions, I figured it would be funny to do ones that were almost terrifyingly precise. The juxtaposition of painstakingly detailed asserts in the horoscope segment struck me as inherently amusing, So much so that I even repurposed the idea for this very blog some years later.
Hilarious, right? But apparently my mock was misplaced, what with the recent publication of an Observer article all about how millennials are flocking to astrology. That’ll show me and my snark.
Except it won’t. There are so many issues with the article and the numerous perplex, riling, dubious claims it contains , none of which seem to be presented alongside or with links to any sort of evidence to back them up.
For instance, early on there’s this.
…it’s not uncommon to hear people in their late teens and 20 s talking about, say,’ Mercury in retrograde’ and’ Saturn returns’ with confidence and authority. They know that a’ star sign’ is a sun sign, and that for any half-decent attempt at a read, you need to know your exact time and place of birth, so you can discuss, with equal reverence, the impacts of your rising sign and moon sign, too.
I interact with many young people due to my various chores, I even have teenage siblings of my own, and from the time I started using the internet myself as a teenager to the present day, I have never heard any young person utter anything like the phrases reported to be” not uncommon” here.
You might say sure, but that’s because I don’t interact with the right kind of young person. Maybe that’s true. But I’m not the one attain the claims. You insist that young people are constantly talking about astrology, it’s on you to prove this. Sadly here, and everywhere else in the article, claims are made with zero visible effort to back them up. Far be it from me to suggest this is indicative of the approach favoured by astrology practitioners.