I’m just talkin’ ’bout my g-g-g-generation

by Yussi Pick

I got lucky. Only one year earlier and I wouldn’t be part of the greatest generation. Not the one fighting in WWII, not the one fighting in Vietnam, but the Millenial Generation. People born between 1982  and 2003.Morley Winograd and Michael D.Hais wrote a book about us and how we change American politics. But who are we? What does make us Millenial besides a birth date that falls around a turn-of-a-century? Wikipedia, who calls us Generation Y, says:

Characteristics of the generation vary by region, depending on social and economic conditions. However, it is generally marked by an increased use and familiarity with communications, media, and digital technologies. In most parts of the world its upbringing was marked by an increase in a neoliberal approach to politics and economics.The effects of this environment are disputed.

Great. We’re neoliberal…What about this communication stuff?

The rise of instant communication technologies made possible through use of the internet, such as email, texting, and IM and new media used through websites like YouTube and social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter, may explain the Millennials’ reputation for being somewhat peer-oriented due to easier facilitation of communication through technology. Members of this generation tend to use Google and Wikipedia uncritically as sources of information and to freely share information online without regard to copyright.

Really? So we’re not only neoliberal, we’re also stupid…and, oh, we’re democrats. At least that what the authors argue. Just like James  Carville, the two think that the Dems will rule for 40 plus years. Well…let’s see if 2010 holds what they promise. To be fair, you can’t blame the authors for the Democrats’  fault of scaring away Millenials within only two years. Their argument is that Millenials are socially liberal, which might be true, but in the last 2 years NOTHING changed on that front. None of the initiatives, the President set in the last two years spoke to my ggggeneration. Plus I discussed already, why the Dems are losing the technology race.

Things they do look awful c-c-cold.

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