Teens & New Media, the Young & Restless

It’s been a long time since there was a true generation gap, perhaps 50 years—you have to go back to the early years of rock and roll, when old people still talked about “jungle rhythms.” Everything associated with that music and its greasy, shaggy culture felt baffling and divisive, from the crude slang to the dirty thoughts it was rumored to trigger in little girls. That musical divide has all but disappeared. But in the past ten years, a new set of values has sneaked in to take its place, erecting another barrier between young and old. And as it did in the fifties, the older generation has responded with a disgusted, dismissive squawk.

Read Say Everything from New York Magazine’s Emily Nussbaum. Discussion at MetaFilter.

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Filed under A Culture of Participation, Connection/Isolation, Digital Divide, Identity, Privacy, Social Media, Technology, our Mirror, User generated content, When New Meets Old

One response to “Teens & New Media, the Young & Restless

  1. Sadly, Web 2.0 is a great tool that has an incredible potential for abuse. From blog posts with sloppy fact checking, to slander, and the intentional dissemination of lies (think Wikipedia’s problems), and ultimately as a surveillance tool… Big Brother can build an awfully good profile based on people’s del.icio.us bookmarks, LibraryThing collections, Wikipedia edits, YouTube favorites, and Facebook profiles, etc… We should be concerned.

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