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Gen X remembers “Back in My Day…”

Remember Grandpa telling his “Back in my day,” stories. Like “… I walked a mile for a block of ice…” Well Generation X is already compiling their own unique list. Here’s a few that come to mind: Back in my day, music came in cassette tapes — now it flows through the air via wifi. Back in my day, one of the best video games was a ping-pong ball eating up small balls while being chased by ghosts — and we loved it, damnit. Back in my day, we had only a handful of TV channels — and Read more […]

April, 2009: A new era is born

It’s springtime in America, again for the first time since 1980. Greed is out. Frugality is in. Old paradigms are out. Shuttered buildings reopen with new ideas in the windows. The economic crisis and changing of the presidential guard were seismic shifts in consciousness. The recent photo of Obama chumming it up with his Russian counterpart says it all, newness of ideology permeates the air. In crisis lies opportunity, but it can also lead to more crisis. Where this new era will take Read more […]

The debate over when Generation X begins

A couple thought-provoking comments to my last column got me thinking where I stand as to the birth years of Generation X. Some say X begins in 1961, some say 1966. There’s no better example of a person born during this time than our own President Obama. Is he Generation X? Gut reaction: There are as many similarities as differences, so for me the jury is still out. While he has the technical savvy of Gen X, he has the idealism of a Boomer. Obama believes that government is the Read more […]

Google’s popularity test

The Internet is defining a new multifaceted culture, and Google is defining the Internet. Google is just a search engine, meaning a place to find indexed content online. But it is the way it ranks content that influences the content itself. Google was created by two Generation Xers, Lawrence Page and Sergey Brin, in their Stanford dorm room. For a pair of Generation X’ers who came of age amid a confusing post-modern landscape, their philosophies are far from postmodern. They Read more […]

Reverse Rebellion

Rebellion is to resist authority, to go against the grain. Rebellion has a negative connotation, but just like the film Star Wars, rebels can be the good guys if the ruling authority is the Dark Side. In the 1960’s the young people of that day rebelled against traditional authority and created what was dubbed the counter-culture. By the early 21st century, this generation became the authorities they once resisted, and changed culture so much that the counter-culture became mainstream society. Read more […]