Lost Generation, is a palindrome which was created by a film student named Jonathan Reed, Georgia State University, Atlanta. He created the video for a competition sponsored by AARP, which challenged people to create two minute videos describing how they envisioned the future. Reed’s video won second place, an award that snagged him $1,000.
Take two minutes and watch it. Pay close attention because something very interesting happens at the end and you’ll miss part of it if you aren’t listening.
Thanks to the magic of Google, I was able to pinpoint the year of Reed’s birth as either 1981 or 1982. This is significant (at least to me) because if he was born in 1981, he is a member of Generation X and is undoubtedly writing about Generation X in this film. How could he be writing about any other generation? Generation X is frequently referred to as the lost generation, and how can Gen Y be lost when they’re just now being discovered?
Have you ever heard of a palindrome before today?