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Yuli Ban

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Very nice video by Buzzfeed. As usual, there's still a little debate on the timing, but I loved it. I agreed with all of it. 

Generation Z's starting to get more and more attention in the press and by corporate marketers, so I can only imagine what they'll grow up to be. Right now, we seem to treat them as an extension of the Millennials. But a generation being an extension of the previous one is only true for the very beginning, when the new gen is still finding themselves, and towards the end, when said gen grows nostalgic for the "accomplishments" of their parents.

That's actually one reason why I made the moddies the way they were in that one thread, making them so garish and entrepreneurial and psychedelic compared to the more hipsterfied Millennial generation. It's a fictional scene, but I based it all on real trends and things I've seen. Gen Z and Millennials are mostly indistinguishable right now, but iGenners are going to run with several things the Millennials laid down and took for granted.

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generations were originally meant to be 30 year seperations as that was seen as the timeframe in which world events pivoted around defining moments. In large part this was to do with the parent child relationships where the children grew to make their own actions taking control of the course of culture and world events, it didn't happen until the average member of a cohort was in their adulthood.


Think of a bell curve. pin the top of a curve on major world events and start to get the pattern of generations as they have been known.


This model starts to fall apart as we look at the accelearting changes in culture and the world. Gen x starting in the 60s and ending in the early 80s is one of the sharpest mistakes in this model. somebody born in 1969 has less in common culturally than the greatest generation, silent generation and boomer combined. Late seventies and early 80s kids have more in common with late 80 and early 90s kids.


Another glitch in the equation is this notion of Millenials, z generation and alphas. It seems like the failure of 30 year gaps to account for the variances is being noticed and they have started to count the closer together. But part of the latest couple of generation is a sort of dissolving of definate boundries between cultures ... including generational culture.


Not that millenials and 'alphas' are lacking in defined identities, but that they have learned to manipulate their identities to a degree that makes them identity fluid and thus measures of culture focused on identity begin to fall apart when they are used on such groups. And as that becomes normalized it's something that increasingly applies to members of previous generations too.

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I'm curious to see how generations vary depending on what region of the world you're from. How similar is Generation Y in the United States to Generation Y in other countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Australia, etc.? 




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