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19th-Jan-2006 06:01 pm
fourish - byrd to the nth
...sorta.

The community's been rather too quiet for my liking, and I'm trying to make it a better place. Finally changed the layout to something a little more...readable, although I'm open to suggestions/contributions about layouts and icons. For now, it'll have to do.

An interesting thing I've noticed on the community is how we all seem to have different definitions both of what a generation is as well as what the current generations can be defined as. I know that some of my ideas are very different than some of the other folks here, for example.

So to promote discussion, what are some of your theories? What is a generation? How do you define the current generations?

I'll probably make a separate post with my own views at another time. For now, let's get some talk going!
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19th-Jan-2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
My concepts roughly correlate to the research of Neil Howe and William Strauss, authors of "Generations," "The Fourth Turning," and other research on generations.

A "generation," then, is a group of birth years roughly 20 years in span, cradled by kind of "national events" that signify a new era of public mood. For example, the youngest generation would be too young to remember anything before 9/11.

For example, the current living generations include:
The G.I. Generation (Hero Archetype) exiting elderhood, born 1901-1924
The Silent Generation (Artist Archetype) in elderhood, born 1925-1942
The Baby Boomers (Prophet Archetype) exiting midlife, born 1943-1962
Generation X (Nomad Archetype) in adulthood, born 1963-1981
The Millennial Generation (Hero Archetype) entering adulthood, born 1982-1999(?)
The Homelander Generation (Artist Archetype) being born, roughly 1999-2001 to present.

Also, I think generations are a very broad characterization and it is important to note that an individual can never be fully described by his or her generation. The generational archetype fits some more than others. Check out "The Fourth Turning," highly recommended.
19th-Jan-2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
Are you telling me Howe & Strauss already have a name for the new kids? That amuses me; I've been calling them by my own name for awhile now, and I like mine better. Where the hell'd they get "Homelander Generation" from?

Thanks for the response; I appreciate it.
20th-Jan-2006 03:08 am (UTC)
The idea is that this archetype is the most protected. "Homelander" comes from the political focus on protection of the homeland, and by extension, its youngest and most in need of protection.

Watch the wagons circle in the coming years...and you thought Millennials were protected.
20th-Jan-2006 03:08 am (UTC)
What's YOUR name for them?
20th-Jan-2006 04:51 am (UTC)
Hmm...see, it's funny, I disagree that the current generation of kids is gonna get the Millennial treatment. And it's based more on intuition than on actual facts, so I'm not sure I could give concrete examples (or if I could, it would take me awhile to dig them up).

So I took my name from the somewhat New Agey concept of the Indigo Child - I call them Indigo Kids. Unlike Millennials, many of them appear to have a natural independent streak, and an almost preternatural brightness that I don't think is addressed in a name like "Homelander Generation."
21st-Jan-2006 01:28 am (UTC) - P.S.
Also, given the fact that the newest generation of kids are being raised mostly by Gen Xers - have you ever heard the term Slacker Mom? - being more protected than Millennials seems rather unlikely. My problem with Strauss & Howe is that sometimes seem to overemphasize the role of politics in the formation of a generation - which in this day and age, is mostly a cultural phenomenon.
21st-Jan-2006 01:40 am (UTC) - Re: P.S.
There are definitely valid criticisms of Strauss and Howe...but I haven't heard of a Slacker Mom, I've only encountered Xers with kids who are the only thing they've ever cared about. Send me a link?
21st-Jan-2006 02:00 am (UTC) - Re: P.S.
In my experience, said Xer parents might care about their kids, but the actual raising of them is still pretty laid back.

Check my previous comment for a link to an article about the Slacker Mom.
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