I fear the day technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots. — Albert Einstein
Tomorrow it will have been five years since I purchased the URL, jenx67.com. 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.
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?
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.
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.
From Australia’s NewStatesman: I Don’t Want To Die in An Attic, But What Choice Does A Member of Generation Rent Have?
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?