Friday, March 09, 2007


It’s been a long time since there was a true generation gap, perhaps 50 years—you have to go back to the early years of rock and roll, when old people still talked about “jungle rhythms.” Everything associated with that music and its greasy, shaggy culture felt baffling and divisive, from the crude slang to the dirty thoughts it was rumored to trigger in little girls. That musical divide has all but disappeared. But in the past ten years, a new set of values has sneaked in to take its place, erecting another barrier between young and old. And as it did in the fifties, the older generation has responded with a disgusted, dismissive squawk. It goes something like this:

Ok, I've only read the first page of this article.
But I already have to chuckle to myself. Y'know what we're going to call this generation? Something like "Youth 2.0"
Kinda fits, what with all our political movements being neo (-conservative, -populist, -lithic) these days.
Neo's just fancy talk for 2.0.

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