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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 16
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2013-12-03 01:19:56 PM
6 votes:
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.
2013-12-03 04:37:16 PM
2 votes:

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.


Bingo.

They're taking our money and bankrupting SS and every social security net they can. They had all their fun with the drugs and now have outlawed everything they enjoyed, but set themselves up with a medical system that basically throws opiates at anyone over 50 who complains of a headache (because fark us, that's why). They can't even set a VCR and barely manage Facebook, but want to regulate the internet to death. Old people are terrible.

To be frank, our political system is ass-backwards. Given the brain loses cells and capability steadily past the age of the mid-20s, I'm of the mind no one should be able to run for politics past the age of 35 without serious IQ tests. As someone who has to deal with middle-aged and elderly people everyday constantly, I can readily assert that by and large they are utter morons on a basic level. I'm sure they were nice, smart people i their 20s and 30s but goddamn they just lose their basic sense and critical thinking ability past that.
2013-12-03 10:49:02 PM
1 votes:

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 09:45:47 PM
1 votes:

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 05:55:30 PM
1 votes:
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 04:32:40 PM
1 votes:

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.
2013-12-03 03:24:50 PM
1 votes:

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.
2013-12-03 03:20:26 PM
1 votes:
The generation that gave us the DMCA, PRISM, the PATRIOT ACT and treating whistleblowers as terrorists....
2013-12-03 03:09:12 PM
1 votes:

ds615: 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.

Came in to say mostly this.
They invented the stuff.  Kids use it, but it doesn't mean they use it better.  And they certainly don't understand it.


"kids"? The older members of the millenial generation are 30-35 at this point, many of whom have invented and now use the next gen of tech.
2013-12-03 02:07:31 PM
1 votes:

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.  

There might be some benefit to those who are making the laws to remember a time before and after IT ruled our lives.


That's true, but we're not talking about the top 0.001% of innovators, we're talking about the average person in that group. Basically people who may have never have sent an e-mail are deciding rules on net neutrality (and getting their only information from the telecom lobby too). A hyperbolic example, I know, but you get the idea. Basically folks who have little knowledge and who are not impacted by these technologies are making the calls that will impact those who use this stuff daily.
2013-12-03 01:51:49 PM
1 votes:

propasaurus: You really want millennials making laws instead?


Yeah. It's clear this is the sanest option.
2013-12-03 01:47:20 PM
1 votes:

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?


Because no other generation has EVER had stupid celebrities!
2013-12-03 01:42:08 PM
1 votes:
Oh, stop biatching. Members of older generations have ALWAYS enacted laws that affect younger generations.
2013-12-03 01:30:47 PM
1 votes:
My problem isn't that they are making rules and laws regarding technology, it's that they do so while exhibiting no interest at all in actually learning about it.
2013-12-03 01:27:27 PM
1 votes:
AND since we elect based on no solid criteria, we put morons in charge of things they know nothing about (science and tech committee, looking at you).
2013-12-03 01:25:37 PM
1 votes:
And the constitutionality of laws is decided by people old enough to be parents of baby boomers.
 
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