Your Blogmeister’s Desk
Ours is the last generation of people that has and will have any conscious memory of a pre-Internet world, a pre-ubiquitously connected world, a world where phone calls between cities cost extra and were metered by the minute, and of the Soviet Union as an empire that displayed a threatening posture. We did incubate the first wave of the Internet era, the first wave of the Dot-Com boom. Otherwise, we’ll be telling our grandchildren horror stories about what it was like to look up a topic before Wikipedia.
Blogmeister Echo Syndrome. It’s almost like reading my autobiography, right down to the jot and tittle of being suckered into joining a CD club; I still have almost all of those CDs to this day, but discovered quickly that, per unit cost, the CD clubs (and I presume before then, the cassette clubs and the record clubs, an episode of the last season of Leave It To Beaver had Beaver joining a record club, and that was in 1962-63), were not much less expensive than just buying them at the CD/music/record store, another artifact our generation is the last to have experienced.
Her point that we in the latter part of Generation X were/are uniquely positioned as accidents of the years of our births in that we’re split halfway between the old and the new worlds and can see the advantages and disadvantages of both sides is a point I breezed by, but should have realized was really profound.
ICYMI, library index cards is one way we looked up a topic before Wikipedia.
Speaking of another generation, you’ll notice I had this to say in that same post:
They are currently at their peak of power and control over real institutions. We are indeed living in the Peak Boomer Era. Forget about Peak Oil, the real problem is Peak Boomer. Since they are exercising power unchecked, they are creating precisely the world that both their critics and apologists of both older and younger generations predicted they would.