Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Dot Com

Everything is "Dot Com" to my daughter. Whenever I tell her we'll look for something she'll ask if we're going to look for it online. For example, "I'll get a calendar today." "Where? On calendar.com?" she asks.

What is this future generation going to be all about? Computers? Technology? I can't take a picture with a traditional camera or she'll ask if she can see the picture. Even the baby knows to look on the camera to see the picture. Instant gratification.

I was in a training class today on collaboration and one of the big challenges in organizations today is the collaboration between the three generations- the Baby Boomers, the X-Geners (me) and the Y Generation. The Y Generation is all about technology and they don't even e-mail any more. They only IM now. Instant gratification. Very interesting.

Whenever I attend training classes like the one I attended today I'm intrigued with this type of research. I can't believe that it's been 5 years since I received my Master's degree in Organizational Communication. My original plan was to go into consulting but I just never did it. I got caught up in life.

Now it's been 5 years and I've worked in advertising for 15 years and although the communication consulting for organizations really does interest me, it would mean starting a brand new career. If I'm going to do that I might as well write full time. Life is weird! Maybe I'll just go to FigureOutWhatYouWant.com.

4 comments:

Sangroncito said...

The new generation scares me. I want old fashioned words, not computer code.

Anonymous said...

IGeneration
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The title of this article should be iGeneration. The initial letter is capitalized due to technical restrictions.
Also known as Generation M, iGeneration is a term used to describe the generation born primarily in the late 1980s and early 1990s.[1] The name is based on the popular iPod music device. The term was popularised by MC Lars in his song "iGeneration", which was made into a music video. The iGeneration, full name internet generation is a subgeneration for the latter half of Generation Y (1982-2000).

The name is based on the iPod being the ultimate metaphor for a post-modernist society. The unit is essentially about personal freedom and choice, reflecting young people's relatively much laxer desires and greatly reduced sense of allegiance to people and places. This in turn is reflected in their general political outlook, which tends to be much less ideological than the previous generations, and much more issue-based. The flip side of this is of course that the iPod is equally a symbol of decadence and materialism, hence the term is often used in a pejorative sense.

This generation's use of the internet has changed within the first half of the 2000's includes the use of new innovations in internet communication such as Google Video, YouTube, Ifilm and the growing use of Internet Forums and Imageboards.

Other terms that have been used in conjunction with this generation include:

* MySpace Generation[2]
* MyPod Generation (due to the fusion of "Myspace" and "iPod")
* Generation xXx (based on the use of the letter 'x' in the straight edge subculture)
* N-Gen
* Generation D (for "Digital")
* Hip hop generation

The demographic term refers to a group of people who spent their formative years in an age of the birth and rise of the Internet. It is too early to publish an adequate article about this generation.

ShoeGirl said...

Anonymous, Wikipedia ROCKS! That's my new favorite reference tool after Google and EOnline. I'm not a big entertainment rag follower but if I ever need to get some facts on someone or who was in a movie I go to EOline. Although Wikipedia answers a lot of those same questions too.

Anyway, Thank you for sharing and please keep visiting. Send me an e-mail through my link and let me know who you are. Do I know you?

ShoeGirl said...

Hilarious! Anonymous is one of my sisters!