Generation Nostalgia, Lost Generation

Lost Generation

I fear the day technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots. — Albert Einstein

Lost Generation by Rizzle Kicks is social commentary on Gen Y and their older counterparts; social media and reality TV.
Screen shot of Lost Generation video by Rizzle Kicks. The song is social commentary on Gen Y and their older counterparts (Gen Xers, Baby Boomers); social media and reality TV.

Tomorrow it will have been five years since I purchased the URL, Happy Birthday, blog! It’s been quite an adventure.

I have learned so much about generations during this time, especially mine. And, as I age and my children grow older I become more and more interested in their generations — Gen Y (the Millennials) and Generation Z. I am more focused than ever before on generational theory; patterns and cycles; history and mistakes.

I do not know where all this is leading me. I don’t know if I will be blogging five years from now, but I know that I will be blogging tomorrow and probably the day after that, and that I will be writing more and more about all generations, not just Generation X.

Generation Nostalgia

Kisty Mea

Kisty Mea is a blogger who lives in Singapore who wrote the following on her Tumblr blog, Kisty Net.

“We are the generation of nostalgia. We grew up in the age of transition. From hand-written letters to electronic mails. From film to digital. We were fascinated by new things, neglecting the way we spend our afternoons. Cupcakes and tea. Play-Doh and Polly Pockets. Young and naive. Technology completely changed the way we waited and we grew up too fast. The simple things in life seems more meaningful now. We grew up in the age of transition and have become the generation of nostalgia.”

By the way, she recently participated in the Big Blog Exchange. Cool stuff. I want to exchange blogs and places with Ed Power of Ireland. But, anyway…

So, ToB of the blog Histories of Things To Come wrote this post that I read at least once a month. (By the way, this blog is so fascinating, why aren’t more people reading it?) The post, Recession, Apocalypse and Hipsters explains Generation X and Y’s obsession with nostalgia primarily in the context of hipsters. For these folks, “downward mobility is the new upward mobility.” Gen Y hipsters are “retro-minded futurists who are fatalistic, cutting-edge anti-conformists.”

When you know this, it’s easier to understand Kisty’s missive. There’s a sadness to it, huh?

Generation Disheartened

This is pretty sad, too. This is another message written by a Millennial. The writing isn’t that great, but it resonates so much with Gen Y it’s been re-posted hundreds of times on various sites. I can’t find the original source and all re-posts lack attribution.

“Relationships are harder now because conversations became texting, arguments became phone calls, feelings became subliminal messages online. Sex became easy, the word “love” gets used out of context, insecurities have become your way of thinking. Getting jealous became a habit, trust has been lost, cheating became an accident, leaving became the only option and being hurt became natural.”

Last night, Curtis Macleod posted it for his 90,000+ followers on Twitter.

what i hate about our generation

I want to understand my children’s generation so I can be more accepting of who they are becoming in the context of history and cycles. They have so much to look forward to, and that is not some platitude. If you believe history repeats itself, good days are ahead for Generations Y and Z. I think their best nostalgia will come from the days they have not  yet lived in the years that will unfold in the 2020s.

Bonus Links

What PBS Means To My Generation

Rick Perry: “Time To Pass Mantel To New Generation of Boneheads”

From Australia’s NewStatesman: I Don’t Want To Die in An Attic, But What Choice Does A Member of Generation Rent Have?

Lost Generation by Rizzle Kick
Lost Generation by Rizzle Kicks

Living in A Lost Generation Video, Lyrics

Here’s a very catchy tune and video featuring Lost Generation by Rizzle Kicks (available on iTunes August 25). It’s Rap with a Roaring 20s twist. The lyrics, which you can find here, underscore some of the things I said above, not to mention the production and mix of retro music styles. (For insights on Generation X as a lost generation read Generation X, Lost American Dream, New Gilded Age.)

Heroes of Our Generation

Can you name all of Generation Y’s heroes?

Heroes of our Generation by 50 Shades of Tobias
Heroes of our Generation by 50 Shades of Tobias

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  1. Kimberly Ibarra says

    Your Generation Nostalgia, Lost Generation Lost Generation post reminded me of this passage from Herman Hesse’s Steppenwolf written in 1927 and I thought I should share it with you….”A man of the Middle Ages would detest the whole mode of our present-day life as something far more than horrible, far more than barbarous. Every age, every culture, every custom and tradition has its own character, its own weakness and its own strength, its beauties and ugliness; accepts certain sufferings as matters of course, puts up patiently with certain evils. Human life is reduced to real suffering, to hell, only when two ages, two cultures and religions overlap. A man of the Classical Age who had to live in medieval times would suffocate miserably just as a savage does in the midst of our civilization. Now there are times when a whole generation is caught in this way between two ages, two modes of life, with the consequence that it loses all power to understand itself and has no standard, no security, no simple acquiescence. Naturally, every one does not feel this equally strongly. A nature such as Nietzsche’s had to suffer our present ills more than a generation in advance. What he had to go through alone and misunderstood, thousands suffer today.”

    • says

      Thank you for sharing this with me. It definitely lends understanding to the notion of generational conflict. I really like the line about cultures and religion overlapping. I need to read more to understand the Nietzsche reference. Can you shed anymore light on it. I’m very curious about it.


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