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(CNN) - If 2013 was the year of the selfie, what will 2014 be? If you believe AARP magazine, it will be "The Year of the Boomer," because 2014 is when the last of the boomer generation – those born between 1946 and 1964 – turns fifty.
What really ties all the different kinds of baby boomers together "is being raised in an era of peace, prosperity, economic growth, stability, and optimism," journalist P.J. O'Rourke, author of "The Baby Boom," tells "CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper."
The time that the baby boomers were born "was an extraordinary period," says O'Rourke. "It is a great experiment – what kind of people do you get when you produce a society that is so beneficent as that society was?"
Turns out society produces "sloppy, self-involved people, who however are very funny ... who are very tolerant and decent, who don't start a lot of world wars," said O'Rourke.
For more of our interview with author P.J. O'Rourke, check out the video above.