My granfalloon is nerds. I pity you temporally-bound fools.
Dear sir or madam will you read kep's post, it took him years to write, will you take a look?
A guy was touring the PNW with his family and they were having a great time. They were at a spot on the old Oregon Trail where you can (supposedly) still see the ruts the wagons made when they came west. He thought it was cool, but his daughter looked depressed. He asked her why and she answered, "This is where my oxen always die."
Being born in 1985 for a long time I was always on the “Oregon Trail generation” train but I’ve come to accept my “Millennial” designation. I’ve found I’ve got more in common with folks born in 1990 than in 1980 while talking about current events and such. The biggest one was Lockdown/ALICE/Active Shooter drills in schools, I was discussing them with my brothers (born 78, 80, and 82 respectively) and I mentioned “yeah, I remember when they started doing those when I was in high school” and my brothers were utterly bewildered that they’d been doing them for that long.
The Iliza clip I linked kinda summed it all up. I’m a millennial, just a weird Elder Millennial.
Also, I have an equal amount of contempt for Boomers and Gen Xers. Boomers definitely f-ed things up but Xers had a chance to intervene and do something but never have, just sat in the corner complaining about how things suck and how much they’re ignored.
I watched Carol last night. Made in 2015, it's a lesbian love story, and painted an accurate picture for LGBT life in the early 1950s. You could have your kids taken away from you because of a "morality clause." Having to run around in secret and really deny everything so you won't lose everything. Besides, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara have an excellent on-screen chemistry.
The good news is that we won't have a chance to screw things up in the future because the Millennials will seize power away from us (they already are). There is a good chance we'll be the first generation to not have a president.
IIRC this is the first year in which Gen Xers outnumber Boomers. Go X's time is just arriving.
Everything until now is strictly the Boomers' fault. It will be for a while yet because of momentum, like the few months of a new administration really belong to the old one. But X coming into their own now. They are about to be at fault.
Also: Gen Xers aren't that much smaller in terms of a generation of native births. Even though the Boomers were larger they weren't ridiculously larger. And even tough family planning has helped women step off the baby machine treadmill the Silent Generation also had family planning. They even had -- gasp -- abortion. It wasn't legal but they did it all the time.
But if you insist on this BS granfaloon... if you are really going to insist on "generation" as something demographically meaningful then a generational interval should be equal in length to the median age at which a woman has her middle child. That used to be 20 in the 19th century. It moved up to around 25 by the mid 20th century. I suspect right now that means a generation is about 30 years.
The "real" generations are probably, roughly:
98-17 (21) Lost
17-40 (23) Silent
40-65 (25) Boomer
65-92 (27) X
92-21 (29) Millenial
21-52 (31) Z
And if that's the case X is now 27-54 years old. Still just kids with no power at all.
But of course generations aren't real. They are labels used for people to sell you sh-t by appealing to your vanity and oppositional identity formation. They're almost as dumb as races. "There's no youth culture, only masks they let you rent."
game history. If it was "Oregon Trail" it could not have been before 1980. If it was "Oregon" the earliest you could have seen it was 1978 (which admittedly is 2 years earlier than I thought), but even then the game history says it was rare until "the mid 80s".
I remember seeing it for the first time at the computer lab at Cornell in 1982 and nobody else had ever seen it, which would be surprising given that those people had been building computers in their garages since junior high school.
I am presuming MN had electricity by 1978.
Also, MN has between 17 and 19 companies on the Fortune 500 list at any given time, based upon stock prices on a given day. We're far from the dearth of information and tech that you like to think or pretend. We're not North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin.
Using your examples a person born in 1965 might have some similarities in their experience to someone born in 1975, but to say that someone born in 1965 is similar to someone born in 1985 like myself is ridiculous. Heck the gap between me at 1985 and someone born in 1995 is huge, I had a cell phone in my later high school years but it was a Nokia 5100, a 95 kid likely had a smart phone while the 65 and 75 considered it a luxury to have a landline in their room.
Generations are about the social-psychology of being raised by your parents' generation -- you get messed up in different ways because of the way your parents are messed up. The Silent Generation was emotionally withholding; they raised the Boomers who were self-absorbed and spoiled; they raised the Gen Xers who were bitter little toads; they are raising the Millenials who will be emotionally withholding again. And thus it resets.
Isofar as a generation means anything it means the scars of the incompetent people who raised you, which were conditioned on the scars of the incompetent people who raised them, and so on ad infinitum.
Or it would if it meant anything but it doesn't. It's Quisp vs Quake to get you to buy sh-t.
Of course, you would also assume there was absolutely no technological advancement for a 1000 years so I shouldn’t be surprised.
In the grand scheme of things, the Internet Age may very well have a similar effect as movable typeface had in the Middle Ages :)