In Japan, in Korea, in China they do not have AA --- and their economies are growing leaps and bounds and everybody can attest to their technological achievements
Wait, you mean in a country with low ethnic diversity, there's no need for special measures to prevent ethnicity-based discrimination?!
Back when I was young I remember one of the older guys feeling the same way you do when I asked a lot of questions. He saw it as whining, but I was actually just trying to get a full understanding of the issues and why things are done the way they are, not complain about them.
That's my quintessential problem. I want to ask questions and learn everything I can about a problem before I start, because it will save me time. My boss wants me to stop asking question and figure it out myself, because it will save him time.
But this isn't the problem, the dilemma is not between a face-to-face chat and IM or email. The problem is bad management, caused by managers who don't know how to address their direct reports and ensure that their instructions are delivered appropriately. If Mr. Baby Boomer is perfectly fine with an in-person chat, then a good manager will know that and strive to speak face to face with them. If Ms. Millenial needs to use IM or Email, a good manager will know that and use one of those methods as much as possible.
True in many ways....HOWEVER, this latest generation has been more coddled and has more of an entitlement attitude than previous generations.