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Why Adam Copeland says Generation X by Douglas Coupland is more relevant today than ever before

"This book isn't just important to Canada — it speaks to an entire generation and beyond," says the retired professional wrestler.
Actor Adam Copeland says Douglas Coupland predicted the cultural trends of 2017 way back in 1991 when he wrote Generation X. (CBC/St. Martin's Griffin)

July 1, 2017 marks 150 years since Confederation in Canada. CBC Books is creating the great Canadian reading list — a list of 150 books curated by you. 

Actor and retired professional wrestler Adam Copeland chose Generation X by Douglas Coupland.

"Before Twitter, Snapface, Chatbook and the hundreds of different platforms we use to send and receive our duck faces and headlines, Douglas Coupland wryly foresaw where we were all heading — in a snarky speedboat — by looking at where we came from. Among the glossary of terms in Generation X is Fame Induced Apathy: the attitude that no activity is worth pursuing unless one can become very famous for doing it. Fame Induced Apathy mimics laziness, but its roots are much deeper. Sounds familiar. Then there's Voter's Block: the attempt, however futile, to register dissent with the current political system by simply not voting. President Trump ring a bell?

"This book isn't just important to Canada — it speaks to an entire generation and beyond. Worldwide. It's just as relevant today as it was when it was written in 1991. Probably more so. Look past the fact that this book coined the term 'Generation X' and an entire dictionary of terms that succinctly pointed in the direction we've all been headed and you'll find deeper problems we have always been dealing with. They're not just your parents problems anymore."

Adam Copeland is a retired professional wrestler known by his ring name Edge. He is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame and is considered one of the most decorated professional wrestlers. Currently, Copeland plays a character on the historical television drama Vikings.  

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