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Siva Vaidhyanathan made it hard for me to pick out my favorite passages from Geration Myth Not all young people are tech-savvy. Here’s two my favorites but it’s all interesting.

All young people have mad digital skillz, right?

We tend to overestimate the digital skills of young people: “I think the assumption is that if [digital technology] was available from a young age for them, then they can use it better. Also, the people who tend to comment about technology use tend to be either academics or journalists or techies, and these three groups tend to understand some of these new developments better than the average person. Ask your average 18-year-old: Does he know what RSS means? And he won’t.”

Looking for People to Judge (flickr)

Looking for People to Judge (flickr)

Generational differences aren’t my favorite topics because they’re so predictable. Older people tell you, “You’re a Millennial baby that’s why you talk about yourself.” Then you try to explain how you’re not like what they said and they say “See I told you! You’re talking about yourself.” It’s all very belittling and a little annoying. Not to mention it just doesn’t make sense to ask someone a question and dismiss their direct answer. It’s also impossibly boring to talk about for more than five sentences.

Next quote.

Are Americans the only people who fixate on generations?

“Americans love thinking in generations because they keep us from examining uncomfortable ethnic, gender, and class distinctions too closely. Generations seem to explain everything.”

But there is more to it. People fervently declare and defend generational identity. They clearly get something out it. Perhaps it’s the same satisfaction that one gets out of other tribal identities, what Émile Durkheim called the “collective effervescence” of performed rituals. Feeling part of the “Woodstock generation” must generate some sort of warmth, comfort, or false nostalgia for those who caught the 1970 documentary film but missed the bus to the festival back in 1969.”

Wait… who are we missing? Oh, Gen-X of course!

My Gen-X friend Chuck produced a rant on the 60s generation for public radio. He got tons of feedback/backlash. You know those cynical Gen-Xers and their inherited social problems.

We talk, rant and lecture about generations so that we never forget to ask questions and don’t take each other too seriously. Everyone has an ego. Fighting over who changed the world more is like fighting over who’s more insane. That’s a battle you only have to win once to realize there’s not a prize. So, I’ll give someone else the win this time and stick to talking about RSS feeds and blogging… unless anyone has something else to add.

Section: The Chronicle Review
Volume 55, Issue 4, Page B7


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