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Talking About My Generation

Updated on August 12, 2016

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Talking about my generation

Talking ‘bout my g-g-g-g-generation (and why yours sucks!).

Growing in the wilds of the shadows of the Haight-Ashbury generation, with free love, freer pot and cheap, pure cocaine, ours was a generation that sent men to the moon (could have been a woman’s idea),

We had the Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Who *(The Freaking Who!), David Bowie, The Band, CSNY and Simon and Garfunkel – you have Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus? Really? There’s really an argument about which generation was the best?

We read Tennyson, Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, Hemingway, Poe, Salinger and Stephen King, and you get R. L. James and J. K. Rowling… we had books, you have tablets and smartphones (they don’t call this is “smart Generation”, but the “connected generation”, even though this generation has barely touched another person, had a conversation in person or actually laughed out loud at Saturday Night Live. We had “Jane, you ignorant slut!”, and you get “I love all my Beliebers!”..

In the 1960’s, people smoked on airplanes (as did the pilots – I know, my dad was one) and in their doctor’s office (my doctor actually smoked, a full ashtray at his elbow o his desk), today you can’t even smoke at a beach, a park or a bar (even when the bar is outdoors!). Okay, maybe smoking’s a bad comparison, maybe there’s a reason cancer is so predominant today, but the picture is what counts: freedom was being able to do what you wanted to do, not what you were allowed to do.

My Generation Rules! Yours Rulez!

Talking ‘bout my g-g-g-g-generation (and why yours sucks!).

Growing in the wilds of the shadows of the Haight-Ashbury generation, with free love, freer pot and cheap, pure cocaine, ours was a generation that sent men to the moon (could have been a woman’s idea),

We had the Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Who *(The Freaking Who!), David Bowie, The Band, CSNY and Simon and Garfunkel – you have Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus? Really? There’s really an argument about which generation was the best?

We read Tennyson, Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, Hemingway, Poe, Salinger and Stephen King, and you get R. L. James and J. K. Rowling… we had books, you have tablets and smartphones (they don’t call this is “smart Generation”, but the “connected generation”, even though this generation has barely touched another person, had a conversation in person or actually laughed out loud at Saturday Night Live. We had “Jane, you ignorant slut!”, and you get “I love all my Beliebers!”..

In the 1960’s, people smoked on airplanes (as did the pilots – I know, my dad was one) and in their doctor’s office (my doctor actually smoked, a full ashtray at his elbow o his desk), today you can’t even smoke at a beach, a park or a bar (even when the bar is outdoors!). Okay, maybe smoking’s a bad comparison, maybe there’s a reason cancer is so predominant today, but the picture is what counts: freedom was being able to do what you wanted to do, not what you were allowed to do.

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