[LMB] OT: Generation Change, was Fun

Paula Lieberman paal at gis.net
Sat Apr 4 06:27:46 BST 2009

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From: "Ed Burkhead" <ed at edburkhead.com>
To: "'Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold.'" 
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Sent: Saturday, April 04, 2009 12:37 AM
Subject: Re: [LMB] OT: Generation Change, was Fun

> This discussion does make me think about the world view of the young 
> people.
> Growing up with the things listed by Paula and without the things in the
> original Old Fogies e-mail does make the average world view of young 
> people
> different from that of us older people.
> My daughter, now 13, has been using computers since she was two or three. 
> I
> let her run around our neighborhood but use her cell phone as a link.  I'd
> let her have an iPod if she wanted it (I've got one, after all).  (It 
> makes
> a difference growing up in the house of a techno-geek, something I did not
> do.)

Oops, there are a few more things I missed-- iPods and such, digital 
organizers, Crackberries, cheap digital and analog video projectors, 
solar-powered lights in yards, robots roving on Mars, Roombas, laser 
pointers, PowerPoint presentations (shudder....), spreadsheets, inexpensive 
computer graphics, Quicken, banking via the Internet, trolling on a massive 
scale, flash crowds, raves, snowmobiles, Jetskis, low cost home studio audio 
recording, webcasting, book videos (aargh....), Oprah, 
vampire/elves/shapeshifter/paranormal-romance/urban-fantasy/goth chic 
bestselling books and high ratings TV shows and films, McMansions and 
McMansionization, mall rats, RFID tags, barcoding of everything, Wal-Mart 
ruling the retail business, big box stores, instore supermarket bakeries, 
giant supermarkets,20-screen cinemaplexes, March Madness in college sports, 
and college football having a bowl game to determine #1, female professional 
sports teams, female graduates of Caltech and Yale and Dartmouth and 
Princeton and Notre Dame and the military academies of the United States and 
male graduates of Vassar, divorce being legal and easily available 
everywhere in the USA, two-adult-income households, Asian and European-built 
cars outselling US-built one in the USA, offshored and outsourced offshore 
jobs, television sets and computer display made almost entirely outside the 
USA--for that matter, inexpensive flat panel cmputers displays, and flat 
panel TVs, paganism accepted by governments in the USA as legally recognized 
religion and with wiccan chaplains in the US military, polylingual product 
instruction booklets and information as ordinary part of daily life in the 
USA, quiet labor relations in agriculture and few strikes and little labor 
turmoil regarding management versus labor; low levels of industrial 
production versus sales and information technology and healthcare sector 
jobs, climate warmup.... high level of not-repairable-by-user products, and 
especially high degree of throwaway products which short lifespans.

>  But the details of how all these things work is a total blank to her. 
> She's
> just now learning about the world, learning about science and technology 
> in
> school, learning algebra, biology and hundreds of other things.

The basic raw materials to see how things made, are even less visible 

> We all go through this initial ramp-up of learning about the world when we
> are young.
> But, we may choose to embrace change in later years or try to avoid it.
> Except for communications, just how different is the world now from the
> world 50 years ago?

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