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Republican95
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1/25/2010 6:45:47 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
I have for some time been interested in generations. Partly because I take an interest in how people with different life experiences relate and communicate with each other. So, in sociology class when I hear I would have to do a project on generations I was somehwat excited.

The assignment is a relativley simple one, in which I will have to list all of the generations starting from the mid-20th Century and write a short summary of them. The class was discouraged from using the standard Boomer, X, Y, Z pattern and was instead pressed to come up with generations that seem to group people in.

So, here it is: a list of my generations. In this definition a generation is 13-15 years, much shorter than the usual 20-25 years used by generation schloars.

The Baby Boomer Generation; 1945-1960
Generation X; 1961-1976
The Millennials; 1977-1990
The Homeland Generation; 1991-2004
Generation Obama; 2005-2020?

So what do you think? Do you think they should be rearranged, the years changed, or even have their names changed.
wjmelements
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1/25/2010 6:49:06 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/25/2010 6:45:47 PM, Republican95 wrote:
So what do you think? Do you think they should be rearranged, the years changed, or even have their names changed.

The Homeland Generation; 1991-2004

This generation grew up with the internet. I believe that means "The Internet Generation". How'd you come up with "The Homeland Generation"?

Generation Obama; 2005-2020?

No. One-term presidents are not what generations are named after. Wait until they grow up all the way.
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Volkov
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1/25/2010 6:53:10 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/25/2010 6:49:06 PM, wjmelements wrote:
No. One-term presidents are not what generations are named after. Wait until they grow up all the way.

"One term president"? Talk about contradicting yourself in a sentence - wait until the election, why don't you.

Anyways, if anything, it'll probably be noted by the rise of social media - so I'd say any generation will be named after something along those lines.
Republican95
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1/25/2010 6:57:26 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/25/2010 6:48:32 PM, PoeJoe wrote:
Seems pretty cool. I wonder what your explanations for the names are, though.

The Baby Boomers--so called because there's a whole dang bunch of them. Children throughout the "Nifty Fifties" and then grew up into the hippes of the '60s and went on to fight in Vietnam. Took control of the political stage in the 1990s and push a message of tolerance and political correctness.

Generation X--the slacker. "X" just seems to fit them. Grew up during the 70s and 80s, and then turned into the Grunge Gurus of the early '90s. Witnessed the beginning of the "Digital Revolution" while in their young adult years. They have a strong work ethic, but are also very friend-oriented.

The Millenials--so called because they were children, teens, and young adults around the turn of the Millenium. To me, they are the last "nomal" generation, growing up primiarlying the 1990s after the Cold War but before 9/11. 9/11 changed their world perspective forever and this will one day caus a shift in thinking when this generation comes into powers (around 2025-2040). Adopted new technologies like Facebook and YouTube as teenagers and value communication and understanding.

The Homeland Generation--Their first childhood memories probably include the 9/11 attacks. Dubbed the Homeland Generation from the term "Homeland Security". Still relativley young. They grew up in a digitally immersed society. The oldest will graduate high school this Spring.

Generation Obama--this generation's childhood will be shaped by the presidency of Barack Obama, espicially if he is re-elected in 2012. Differences from the Homeland Generation still remain fuzzy, both of them grew up in the "iWorld".
I-am-a-panda
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1/26/2010 11:34:22 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
The Cold War Generation; 1945-1960
Generation X; 1961-1976
The Millennials; 1977-1990
The Homeland Generation; 1991-2004
The iGeneration; 2005-2020?

Change "Generation X", but otherwise pretty sound list
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Ore_Ele
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1/26/2010 1:46:39 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/26/2010 11:34:22 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
The Cold War Generation; 1945-1960
Generation X; 1961-1976
The Millennials; 1977-1990
The Homeland Generation; 1991-2004
The iGeneration; 2005-2020?

Change "Generation X", but otherwise pretty sound list

The "iGeneration" would have been born in like 1995 or so, since the ipod (the first "i") came out in 2001 and was a hit since then. I mean, those born in 2005, would only be 5 years old right now, and Apple, with their "i"s are already well established.
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Puck
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1/26/2010 1:50:43 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/26/2010 1:47:41 PM, douglasfunny wrote:
At 1/26/2010 11:34:22 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
The iGeneration; 2005-2020?

I want to be sued by Apple.

It's already being used. :P

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Xer
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1/26/2010 1:51:32 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/26/2010 11:34:22 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
The Cold War Generation; 1945-1960

Lol... this is definitely the baby boomer generation. You're missing 30+ years of the Cold War with this label anyway.
I-am-a-panda
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1/26/2010 2:14:26 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/26/2010 1:51:32 PM, Nags wrote:
At 1/26/2010 11:34:22 AM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
The Cold War Generation; 1945-1960

Lol... this is definitely the baby boomer generation. You're missing 30+ years of the Cold War with this label anyway.

They lived through possibly the worst of the cold war.
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Republican95
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1/26/2010 3:13:11 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/26/2010 2:14:26 PM, I-am-a-panda wrote:

They lived through possibly the worst of the cold war.

LOL, its kinda hard to live through the "worst" of the Cold War if the Cold War never actually materialized and got bad...
Ore_Ele
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1/26/2010 10:41:09 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/26/2010 3:13:11 PM, Republican95 wrote:
At 1/26/2010 2:14:26 PM, I-am-a-panda wrote:

They lived through possibly the worst of the cold war.

LOL, its kinda hard to live through the "worst" of the Cold War if the Cold War never actually materialized and got bad...

It got bad for those the government claimed to be communists and potential spies. Not to mention the money wasted keeping airplanes in the air with nuclear weapons all the time.
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1/27/2010 12:28:16 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 1/26/2010 3:13:11 PM, Republican95 wrote:
At 1/26/2010 2:14:26 PM, I-am-a-panda wrote:

They lived through possibly the worst of the cold war.

LOL, its kinda hard to live through the "worst" of the Cold War if the Cold War never actually materialized and got bad...

See "McCarthyism".