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9th-May-2005 11:53 pm
Hello. I just joined. I'm interested in analyzing society in terms of generations and making predictions of the future based on the characteristics of generations - especially my generation, which might be arbitrarily defined as anyone born roughly between 1980 and 1992. I really like my generation and think we will revolutionize society for the better in ways the baby boomers can't even dream of. I'm interested in ways in which the Millenial Generation or whatever we should be called are different from the baby-boomers.
10th-May-2005 05:38 am (UTC)
Hey there.

Generational demarcations are a tricky thing. I'm the mod, and I think my own definitions of generation differ from most of the other stuff in this comm. :} I don't agree with everything Strauss & Howe and some of the other scholars have to say. I think generations aren't always 20 years long; I don't care if that's the traditional demarcation. I think it's even less true in the 21st century where history moves "faster."

So even though I was born in 1979, I don't think of myself as an Xer OR a Millennial. I once coined a term, "Generation Pi" (a bit silly, but I like it) to describe the generation between the two. Piers, in my mind, were born in the late '70s and early '80s. We don't tend to have much in common with people born ten years earlier (Xers) or ten years later (Millennials). But I'm also a supporter of the controversial Generation Jones, which several members of this comm aren't fans of. (Gen Jones is described as being post-boomer and pre-Xer, generally anyway born in the late '50s/early '60s.)

Anyway, rhetoric aside, I'm curious what year you were born in, and maybe we can discuss from there. I'm really not trying to sound pedantic. I swear there's some logic behind these theories. :}
7th-Jun-2005 02:11 pm (UTC)
Hey, I'm interested in the same thing. I do agree with most of what Strauss and Howe say but not dogmatically. I definitely think there's a kind of different mentality on the cusp, where I am (1981) although I'm far more Millie than Xer. In fact I'm trying to start up a website for Millies who want to be more informed about what's going on in the world, etc.
As for your question about Millies vs. Boomers, the difference is pretty extreme. Boomers are very very concerned with individuality as they see it: i.e. I'm going to have my big spiritual awakening and then convince everyone else that my way is the way to go, and whoever opposes is Hitler. Millennials take diversity and technology for granted, and look for ways to unite that still celebrate those differences. Millennials like activities that involve groups working together where Boomers are very "Me" oriented.
1st-Mar-2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
Yep, you're definitely on my bead, boyo. I'm behind the curve as an early '70s baby, but I agree with you. We should exchange notes.
30th-Nov-2007 10:42 pm (UTC) - Predicting the future based on Generations
Read this book, and your prayers will be answered: The Fourth Turning. http://generational-lens.blogspot.com/2007/11/archetype-hero.html

There is no generation born between 1980-1992. That's a demographic grouping. A generation is a completely different phenomenon. Millennials (the Hero generation) are born 1982 - ??? 200??? (not determined yet). http://generational-lens.blogspot.com/2007/11/archetype-hero.html

The Millennial point of power comes in youth during a crisis. Boomers are the moral leaders, in elderhood. GenXers are the roll-up-their-sleeves, tough generals, in midlife. Millennials, as young adults, are the peer-based, upbeat soldiers who bring the power of their generation to the Crisis at hand, which, by the way, is right around the corner, and is not a crisis with a small "c." And Homeland Gen are the babes, the children.

The cycles of generations provides incredible insight into the past, present and future. Have fun exploring.

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