Posted by: deemckay | March 1, 2010

Social Media—The New Revolution


The new world… The last of the baby-boomer generation of which I am a member is now approaching retirement age and we are caught between two generations, our aging parents and our own families we are providing for. The “greatest generation” that my father was a part of are dwindling down to a precious few. Their stories of  WWII, “the big one” will soon be a quiet memory or entries in  history books gathering dust in the library.

 My generation is keeping up with the new ways to communicate while trying to deal with an economy that is not in the traditional corporate or industrial mode. The “establishment” as it was called has let us down. They have not kept their promises of a secure retirement in exchange for our services in the corporate world. In this atmosphere of uncertainty, many baby-boomers along with being health and wellness conscious are entrepreneurial and home business opportunity seekers. We are trying to gain some control over our own lives to improve the quality as well as our ability to direct our own destinities. Through all this, we are caught up also in a new revolution-the changing face of communication…instant communication. There is less direct physical contact, sometimes not any. The old parameters of privacy are little to non-existent. To compete in the business world, we must engage change and adapt. Into the void of interpersonal communication steps social media with a combination of relationship formation and the immediacy that the new generations expect. We, the boomers have to “go with the flow”.

It’s great in some ways to never lose contact with our friends and share daily events; to see the baby pictures and the weddings. It’s sad in other ways because books are gathering dust. Love letters on perfumed paper aren’t read over and over.People don’t make “small talk” anymore and there is no “new news” to catch up with when we see friends face to face. There are not “old times”  to think over or people to miss because we can see them on big and tiny screens and everything is “updated.”

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Responses

  1. Wonderful essay. The part about the broken promise resonates with me. My life as an American has convinced me that, for most people, there really is no lasting upward mobility. Downward mobility is more likely. On the other hand, I think that if you can truly banish the idea that “things” and money and prestige are worthy pursuits, and instead pursue enriching experiences and relationships, this country offers much along that path. We’re just not encouraged or even taught how to value these intangibles.

    • Thanks for your comments. I appreciate your reflections.

  2. Very well written.


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