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(The Wire)   When you put it that way, it sounds bad: A congress dominated by Baby Boomers is making the rules governing the acceptable uses of emerging technology that will be used by the Millennial's children   (thewire.com) divider line 67
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2013-12-03 05:50:17 PM  

Mjeck: As a Gen Xer; will I be spending my entire life between two generational assholes?


GenX stands taller than the surrounding generations not because those generations are holes, but because it is the dick generation.
 
2013-12-03 05:55:30 PM  
FTA: The idea of self-directed quadcopters carrying the latest Steven King out to the suburbs ...

If the lawmakers are as out of touch as the author, we are in for problems.

// Daddy, what is a 'paperback'?
 
2013-12-03 06:17:17 PM  
SOYLENT GREEN IS YOUTHFUL!

/heard it here first.
 
2013-12-03 09:45:47 PM  

Lorelle: propasaurus: You really want millennials making laws instead?

This country would be better off if laws were made by those who worship Justa Beaver, Miley Cyrus, and Kim Kardashian, don'tcha know?


I'm 22 and have no interest in those cocksuckers (in Kardashian's case, literally). There was a time when young people were seen as green... not competent, but not incapable of being competent. We've now thrown that out the window. Kids are dumbasses and always will be, and thank Christ the Baby Boomers are here to set them straight with helicopter parenting, peanut-free zones, and zero-tolerance school policies.
 
2013-12-03 10:27:56 PM  

thurstonxhowell: Waldo Pepper: Does everyone realize that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are both part of the baby boom generation as are pretty much everyone that created and developed a good portion of the IT boom.

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are names you know because they "got" technology way, way better than the vast majority of their generation, not because their generation was very tech-savvy.


and that tech they "got" was sold to their generation who must of some how got it enough to figure out not only how to use it but to continue incorporating it into their businesses and home life to create an entire industry out of "getting it". 

Older folks may not care about some of the new tech out there but it doesn't mean they don't understand. when my son was younger i would at times pretend to not understand some of the tech so he could explain it to me or just let him do it.
 
2013-12-03 10:49:02 PM  

Khellendros: Mentalpatient87: I've never learned exactly which Gen I'm even part of.. Where are the lines?

They flex depending on the source you're reading.  Contrary to what a lot of people will insist, there is no definite line in the sand, and it varies by up to 8 years depending on the study source being used, and what decade it was done.  There is a pseudo pop-culture set of cuts that's about as good as any, though:

Traditionals/Silent Generation were born between the stock market crash of 1929 and the detonation of the bomb at Hiroshima, 1945.
Boomers were born between Hiroshima 1945 and the moment the Kennedy was shot, 1963.
GenX were born between JFK's death, 1963 and Reagan winning his first presidential term, 1980.
Millenials/GenY are after that.  Some want to put a new division where the planes hit the tower (2001) and create a GenZ but it's too early tell if that make any sense or not.

Personally, I'm not a fan of these divisions.  It's too neat and clean for something that has long transition periods and multiple sociological elements.  But go with whatever works for you.


An artificial division at that point makes a tragic amount of sense. These are people that have been born into a world where things like the Patriot Act, TSA, and the And anemic jobs market (predating the Great Recession even) is if not the norm, something that's been familiar for a disturbing length of some of their most important years when it comes to creating a world view.
 
2013-12-03 11:19:15 PM  

Marine1: Lorelle: propasaurus: You really want millennials making laws instead?

This country would be better off if laws were made by those who worship Justa Beaver, Miley Cyrus, and Kim Kardashian, don'tcha know?

I'm 22 and have no interest in those cocksuckers (in Kardashian's case, literally). There was a time when young people were seen as green... not competent, but not incapable of being competent. We've now thrown that out the window. Kids are dumbasses and always will be, and thank Christ the Baby Boomers are here to set them straight with helicopter parenting, peanut-free zones, and zero-tolerance school policies.


Don't blame me. I don't have kids.

/and my generation's music is still a helluva lot better than yours
 
2013-12-03 11:26:29 PM  

LasersHurt: Our entire government is based on allowing older, generally monied people to decide the best way to slow everything down until they've milked it for all it's worth.

Hell, that's a good summary of Baby Boomers in general. Once they've got theirs, screw the next generation.


Done in one and I think I love you.

Just, you know, in a bro kinda way.
 
2013-12-04 12:36:39 AM  
Article writer can't even tell an octocopter from a quadcopter.
 
2013-12-04 03:13:25 AM  

cptjeff: LasersHurt: Mentalpatient87: I've never learned exactly which Gen I'm even part of.. Where are the lines?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennials#Terminology

Basically... somewhere around 80 - just after 2000, with wiggle room on both ends. It's fuzzy.

The most common definition is '80-'95. The post 1995 crowd hasn't been named yet, but every time it comes up I put a plug in for Generation Bieber.


1980 to 1990ish are the Echo Boom, children of the Baby Boomers. Last generation to remember life before cell phones and high speed internet were really a thing. Last generation to have lived in a world with the Soviet Union. The generation that came of age after Gulf War I and before 9/11 and the quagmire of Gulf War II.

From 1991ish on are the Millennials, the precious snowflakes that have never known a world where you don't have a phone and email a reach away. These are the kids currently coming of age, full of entitlement.
 
2013-12-04 08:44:16 AM  

Lorelle: Marine1: Lorelle: propasaurus: You really want millennials making laws instead?

This country would be better off if laws were made by those who worship Justa Beaver, Miley Cyrus, and Kim Kardashian, don'tcha know?

I'm 22 and have no interest in those cocksuckers (in Kardashian's case, literally). There was a time when young people were seen as green... not competent, but not incapable of being competent. We've now thrown that out the window. Kids are dumbasses and always will be, and thank Christ the Baby Boomers are here to set them straight with helicopter parenting, peanut-free zones, and zero-tolerance school policies.

Don't blame me. I don't have kids.

/and my generation's music is still a helluva lot better than yours


I don't disagree with that. On the other hand, Boomers are in charge of the corporate mechanisms that put that music  farking everywhere. The generation that portrayed music as an instrument of rebellion realized it was a lot more fun distilling it down to some bland, tasteless paste and making money off of it than it was using it as an instrument of protest and art.
 
2013-12-04 10:02:05 AM  

HotWingAgenda: 1980 to 1990ish are the Echo Boom, children of the Baby Boomers.



No, they're not. That term was used when people were predicting what would happen when the Baby Boomers had children. It does roughly align to the Millennial generation, but it was in use before any of them had been born- nobody uses it to describe any distinct cohort today. The Greatest Generation, Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, Gen Bieber (a placeholder as used here, but I wish it would become permanent). That's the order. If you want to use something else, fine, but recognize that your definitions aren't actually used by anybody else.


Marine1: I don't disagree with that. On the other hand, Boomers are in charge of the corporate mechanisms that put that music  farking everywhere. The generation that portrayed music as an instrument of rebellion realized it was a lot more fun distilling it down to some bland, tasteless paste and making money off of it than it was using it as an instrument of protest and art.


Standard Boomer operating procedure. Make things better for them, then ruin them for everybody who came after. And then they call millennials selfish and entitled...
 
2013-12-04 10:26:46 AM  

Modguy: An artificial division at that point makes a tragic amount of sense. These are people that have been born into a world where things like the Patriot Act, TSA, and the And anemic jobs market (predating the Great Recession even) is if not the norm, something that's been familiar for a disturbing length of some of their most important years when it comes to creating a world view.


True, but the question isn't whether what they experienced is different, it's whether those events crafted a new generation that has distinct differences in drives, goals, and thought/behavioral patterns from Millennials.  We don't quite know that yet, as they're all under 13 years old.  They're not crafting ideas on the future and their place in it quite yet (and if they are, it's only the very oldest of them).  But we'll know in a few more years, as the post 9/11 kids get further through their teenage years.
 
2013-12-04 12:12:31 PM  
I certainly hope they don't think of themselves as "post 9/11 kids". How depressing. What a vast societal failure.
 
2013-12-04 01:53:22 PM  

Marine1: I don't disagree with that. On the other hand, Boomers are in charge of the corporate mechanisms that put that music  farking everywhere. The generation that portrayed music as an instrument of rebellion realized it was a lot more fun distilling it down to some bland, tasteless paste and making money off of it than it was using it as an instrument of protest and art.


Nah. No one is forcing younger generations to buy rap crap and lotsa Auto-Tuned shiat by no-talent hacks.
 
2013-12-04 03:25:43 PM  

Lorelle: Marine1: I don't disagree with that. On the other hand, Boomers are in charge of the corporate mechanisms that put that music  farking everywhere. The generation that portrayed music as an instrument of rebellion realized it was a lot more fun distilling it down to some bland, tasteless paste and making money off of it than it was using it as an instrument of protest and art.

Nah. No one is forcing younger generations to buy rap crap and lotsa Auto-Tuned shiat by no-talent hacks.


also aren't a lot of the rappers that have formed their own labels more from the Gen X and not boomers
 
2013-12-04 10:17:30 PM  

thurstonxhowell: Waldo Pepper: Does everyone realize that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are both part of the baby boom generation as are pretty much everyone that created and developed a good portion of the IT boom.

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are names you know because they "got" technology way, way better than the vast majority of their generation, not because their generation was very tech-savvy.


Uh, yeah.
Nevermind NASA, the human Genome project, the invention of the semi-conductor, all the engineers that made cell phones/satnav/LED screens, etc possible...

But the "mellenials" created Twitter!
 
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