Fascinating list from GenXSandwich of the difference between Boomers / Gen X and Gen Y. What would you add? What rings true for you? For me, War was Iraq 1 – I remember putting it down on my wall calendar “WAR!” because it seemed so big and scary. And then of course, it was over so quickly and didn’t really affect the homefront, as it were. But Iraq 2 and Afghanistan may not have been fought on US soil, but certainly have had major effects here – on the soldiers, on the economy, on politics. And that is how this stuff affects museums.
Culture Comparison- 3 Generations Categoy Gen X Missed or Was Too Young to Remember:pre 1970Era of Baby Boomers Gen X Saw Growing Up: born: 1965-1976 Gen Y Have Seen So Far Growing Up: born: 1977-1994? Economy GI Bill,Booming Economy, Suburbia Gas Shortages, Savings & Loan Crisis, Dot Com Boom, Dot Com Bust, Real Estate Bust War Korea and Viet Nam Afghanistan I Iraq and Afghanistan II Disaster JFK’s asassination Oklahoma City Bombing 9/11 Musicians The Beatles / Elvis Madonna / Michael Jackson Backstreet Boys / Britney Spears Game Changer Civil Rights Acts AIDS Columbine HS Massacre World Event Cuban Missle Crisis Berlin Wall Falling Rwanda and Bosnian Genocides Toys Board Games Legos, GI Joe, Barbie Console Video Games, GameBoy Sports Hero Muhammad Ali Walter Payton Michael Jordon Drug Acid (Turn In, Tune On, Drop Out) Speed and Coke (Living 24 Hours a Day) Ecstasy and Meth (Take a Chill Pill) Group Party Woodstock We Are The World and Farm Aid Million Man March Technology Man on the Moon The PC and Cell Phones World Wide Web, eBay, Yahoo! Politics Nixon / Watergate Reagan / Iran Contra Clinton and Lewinsky Mass Communication Black and White TV MTV / Cable CDs and MP3s Late Night Johnny Carson David Letterman Conan O’Brien The Fourth Turning’s Generation Type* Prophet (known for vision, values, religion) Nomad (known for liberty, survival, honor) Hero (known for community, affluence, technology)