Our group discussed some of the changes occurring in the ways the new “millennial generation” communicate as opposed to their parents or the previous generation. For the first time in my life I’m starting to understand how my parents must feel about technology. It just keeps on going but unless you grow up with using it, it’s easy to get left behind.
It also got me thinking about this new interconnected world and how it differs from past experiments, like the 60’s generation. Wasn’t that generation also looking to transcend barriers and rules? Didn’t they attempt to promote choice and show the interconnection of man? I suppose a major difference now is the availability of technology. There was talk in class of the book 1984 and how we can now be watched by Big Brother. However, I heard an interview with Peter Gabriel the other day in which he was discussing a human rights organization he started. He brought up the scenario of a reverse Big Brother, where all the little people being”watched” are equipped with their own video cameras, text messages, and other hand held devices so that they are actually watching the Big Brother right back- a stand off of cameras and media. It of course reminded me of recent developments in Iran.
Anyway further information about my groups discussion on our brave new world can be found at the link below: