Millennials, whether successful or not, seem to believe that Arrogance Is Good. They strut themselves, their opinions, their selfies and their gadgets, without any of the boundaries of more socialized folks.
In Bloomberg Business Week, Joel Stein looks at the Silicon Valley or extreme version of Arrogance Is Good. He points out the social and economic good which has come from that, e.g. slashing unemployment rates in surrounding areas like Oakland. Here is that coverage.
The Millennial meme of arrogance is not much different than the Baby Boomer battle cry of Greed Is Good. Many of us morphed from the idealism of the counterculture to the single-minded pursuit of more and more money as wealth became achievable for Everyman and Everywoman.
No, we did not have to be inventors or work especially hard. What we did have to do is put our finger on the way to make a lot more money than we needed. Some of us flipped real estate. Some focused compulsively on equities. Some broke the law through insider trading and embezzling. Social conversation was all about wealth.
Were we any worse or better than Millennials? Those who have the privilege of writing cultural histories will debate that.