The idea has been around forever in some form…
Well I almost am in THAT generation, commonly known as Boomers.
That’s American of course, and I prefer “War Baby” to “Silent Generation”! You see, I AM a War Baby!
That’s me front left. My Uncle in the back row is in RAAF uniform. It is before the end of the war.
So I am not a Boomer. In fact I am also somewhat sceptical about the whole concept, as I noted on Facebok yesterday. Referring to Baby boomers, Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z labels: Necessary or nonsense? — a 2020 Conversation post I said:
Glad I found this as I have a blog post in mind. I think they are just a marketing tool and largely nonsense, as one who is too old even to be a Boomer! (War baby, me!)
First they do not work outside the bubble of our own culture. Second when you reflect that Boomer finds commonality between Pauline Hanson and Archie Roach, the anti-war protesters and the supporters of and participants in the Vietnam War, Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard….
I was contemplating (this) blog post after watching this excellent video by a most talented young Australian organist and composer:
To me that is as much about him as an individual as it is about supposed characteristics of people born in the years that define Gen Z or Zoomers. Wikipedia offers extensive material but one summary version says “What is Generation Z age range? Gen Z: Gen Z is the newest generation, born between 1997 and 2012.”
Of course there are differences between generations.
But let’s see what happens when we go a comparatively short distance from our own culture — to Russia for example. The majority of those young Russian vloggers I have been discovering in recent months are “Generation Z” — though I suspect they would avoid that term as Z has acquired rather different meanings in the past year! Zack the Russian (just turned 21) instantly comes to mind, and he in turn has pointed to an even younger vlogger who in fact is a Year 9 student in a Moscow school!
As I said about that on Facebook:
Fascinating — and she is a Year 9 student! Like Leo Puglisi! Came to her via this Community note from Zack: Zack the Russian — 2 hours ago — “While I’m being absent on my own YouTube channel, Nastia Zik and me filmed a video discussing our experience of the school education in Russia. Check it out!”
Nastia Zik @NastiaZik 2.15K subscribers
My name is Nastia. I live in Moscow, Russia. I am interested in politics, history, urban studies and literature, and I want to develop and learn new things together. I run an English-language channel, where I tell what’s going on in the world in simple and understandable ways
She treads a risky path in some of her posts, as in this one where she carefull avoids saying certain dangerous things but her attitude is as clear as a bell! A very remarkable young person. Both she and Zack seem to have in common a resistance to the propaganda whuch appears to shape the views of so many. Technology has given them access to worlds of ideas, which they seek out diligently. Both also seem to have strongly developed “crap detectors” — to borrow a phrase I recall from Neil Postman — a bit of a guru in my teaching days..
(Paper, Delivered at the National Convention for the Teachers of English [NCTE], November 28, 1969, Washington, D.C.)
With a title like this, I think I ought to dispense with the rhetorical amenities and come straight to the point. And I almost will. Almost, because I want to make two brief comments about the title. For those of you who do now know, it may be worth saying that the phrase, “crap-detecting,” originated with Mr. Ernest Hemingway who when asked if there were one quality needed, above all others, to be a good writer, replied, “Yes, a built-in, shock-proof, crap detector.” I am sure he was right…
Titus, the young Australian whose reflections on being Generation Z triggered this post, is another remarkable young person, albeit 9 years older than Nastia and from a different milieu which in his case includes Wollongong!
Here in Oz we do in fact have a bit of a parallel to Nastia in Leo Puglisi, who runs a news channel and news site at the age now of 15! He has been doing it for around three years though. See my May 2022 post Amazing Aussie teens have started a news channel — and score interviews with the leaders of the land!
Now our Prime Minister of course — that is Anthony Albanese, not Leo. After al Leo is too young to vote yet!