The blue plate special has historically been a daily special offered by cafes at a cheap price. They generally feature a “meat and three,” as in three vegetables, and are sometimes served on a blue plate. The blue plate special on this blog began in 2008. It serves as a virtual buffet of Generation X headlines and content. Sometimes, I throw in stuff about other generations. The price is better than cheap. It’s free! Here’s your meat and three and then some!
Ryan Chappel Art GenerationThis is a great piece of artwork I came across on Pinterest. It’s by the African American artist Ryan Chappel and it’s titled “Generation.” This art is even more compelling when viewed in a larger format, so be sure to click the link provided to see it bigger. Note the lone Black boy on the back row. I love this!!! How old do you think the kids depicted are? Maybe 10 or 11? They’re either among the oldest Xers born around 1961 or 1962 or younger Boomers, born 1958-1960.
Commencement Speech Class of 2012 by Neil Howe
Once again the historian and author of numerous books on generations is blogging after being on hiatus for more than a year. His latest posts are terrific. I love how he weaves generational theory and history into current pop culture, movies and TV, etc. I especially enjoyed his commencement address to the Class of 2012 graduating from the University of Mary Washington, Virginia. Here’s an excerpt:
You Millennials were raised to be special—very special—and trust your counselors, support groups, and smart drugs to keep you feeling pretty good about the world, like a Sims character having just the right digital balance. We, the parents, knew we weren’t very special, didn’t trust anyone to advise us, and thought staying away from counselors was a sign of resilience. When you came to college, there were long orientations and immersions–and many of your parents clutched teddy bears and wept. When we came to college, we jumped out of the car and tried to grab our suitcases before our parents sped off.
Honda: Generation to Generation
Here’s a great video from Honda that celebrates the work of engineers who 40 years ago created a new, cleaner engine technology.
Generation X Catholics, Republicans
Is Generation X becoming less Catholic and less Republican? Elizabeth Flock of U.S. News and World report outlines some findings from the American Religious Identification survey. The only problem with this survey is that they define Generation X as the segment of the population born between 1965 and 1972. I’ve never heard of a generation only being seven years in length.
Melissa Fossum blogs for the New Times Phoenix and she has a special called Throwback Thursday where she revisits the “overplayed, over (and under) rated, and one-hit and multi-hit wonders of yesteryear.” In her most recent post she asks, “Are the Smashing Pumpkins Generation X’s Pink Floyd?“
Gen X Says
Recently, a new Generation X blog appeared on the scene, Gen X Says. It uses one of my favorite WordPress themes, Vertigo, which has a hip and edgy feel. This blog has lots of energy and keeps up with Generation X headlines. Check it out!
Scary Gen Xers
Finally, here’s your dinner roll. An excerpt from the blog, Hopeful Realism, about how Gen X with the “enigmatic, iconic, “X” is no longer scary or threatening.
“There’s nothing like thinning hair, bedraggled parenting and the invitation to your 20-year high school reunion to drain the hype out of your generational identity! (But just for the record… I am loving my life-stage, end of the world or not.)”
And, now, I’m throwing in some free dessert! Here’s a recent infographic with a generation theme. My Generation Z kids are definitely “Generation Mobile.” My six-year-old is on my iPad more than me! If you have a toddler, be sure to read the part near the bottom about the Fisher Price Apptivity Case.
Generation Mobile Infographic
View it via the original source, Lookout Mobile Security.
What do you think of Ryan Chappell’s Generations Art? Do you see yourself or someone you know in the artistic rendering of Generation X?