Things Gen Xers Don’t Remember

Things Gen Xers Don’t Remember.

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)

Meetup for Drinking About Museums

Some of the museum tech folks in Boston, Denver and Washington DC do regular meetups under the hashtag #DrinkingAboutMuseums – which sounds like a pretty good time to me.

Peekaboo Palace by Patrick Dougherty

Peekaboo Palace by Patrick Dougherty

So, if you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, and you’d like to come hang out and talk social media or GenX or museums or anything like that, please join me on Thursday, May 31 at 4 p.m. at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. We’ll take an after-hours tour, check out our new Patrick Dougherty willow sculpture, then head over to the Presidio Yacht Club for a tasty beverage or two with a view (don’t worry – it’s more dive bar than yacht club).

Let me know @ZeitgeistMama if you’re planning on coming so I can meet you – the Museum closes at 4pm so this is a private tour!

Hip or About to Break a Hip? or, We’re still cool, right? RIGHT?

According to a recent New York Times Styles article, the skateboard is the “little red sports car” of choice for aging Gen Xers going through a midlife crisis. But is a 45-year-old pursuing a dangerous sport more embarrassing and risky, or inspiring and life-affirming?

As the sport, born itself in the 1960s, reaches middle-age, should its original constituency pass the baton or rage on?

Is there “there is nothing sadder than an aging hipster” (Lenny Bruce) or is it still cool to shred even if you’re losing your hair?

Personally I think it’s still cool. But maybe that’s cause I’m able to fit into the ironic t-shirts I buy for my 7-year-old son. Which may not be a good idea either. But you’d tell me that, right? RIGHT!?

“You are a part of the first global workforce that contains members of FOUR generations.”

How many generations do you see at your museum or organization? We’re hiring an intern this summer who is 18 (still Gen Y) and we have one staff member who is in her 70’s (which makes her a Traditionalist). As a children’s museum we probably skew younger in staff than other museum types.

Do any of you ‘reverse mentor’? What does that look like – more than giving Facebook tips to Boomers, right?

Incidentally, when will Gen Z get old enough to give themselves a moniker?

Collaboration across four generations