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Children born in 1979-1982 are Xennials. We are Generation X, Generation Z, Generation Y, Geriatric Millennials, The Oregon Trail Generation. We are a micro-economy. They have collected millions of names for us, and none of them are left. We have all seen the meme.

Lost generation

Inside Mobile party, Gertrude Stein denies and says to Ernest Hemingway. “You are all a lost generation.” And that is how we, the children born in 1979-1982, were treated. No one knows how to classify us. No one knows how to explain it to us. We are too young for TikTok, too old for whistleblowers. We do not make sense. We do not fit.

We are all a lost generation.

The Lost Generation Remembers “Former Time”

In 1992, when I was eleven years old, a family friend approached the roadside. “I have to make a phone call,” he said phone in the bag. He had a car phone, a real phone that worked in a divine car. We were watching, stealing, when he was dialing, shouting. It is possible that he hit the antenna on the roof beforehand. This is the lost generation. A slow-moving miracle of evolving technology. We watched it happen.

We moved the quarter; My high school had a payphone. I can still say the phone numbers of my high school best friends. There were long distance payments. One of my high school students was far enough away from another high school to tear them apart. Their fathers constantly persecuted them on this occasion.

One day, on our way home from a friend for the first time, we got lost. My mother cursed the blue stripe because it meant getting home by car, calling that friend, muttering where we were wrong. I had maps in my car. Map of my city, map of my district, map of my country. They folded and tore.

In elementary school, our school computers did not have internet. We took a “computer class” from kindergarten to eighth grade, playing yes, a stunning trail in Oregon. We had to dig the river, և our cursed oxen died. There were weird math games with balloons and typing lessons.

Oh oh, և we had collections of tapes. They were playing music. Our children do not know what they are.

We saw the transition

Then there was the Internet. I had a hot mail account that I could access only at school. [email protected] We emailed each other erotic text. The lost generation of the internet meant that your mom was screaming because your phone number was blocking the family phone line, so get out of hell. AOL talk load time forever, և you would ask everyone: a / v / l. (age / sex / location):

The lost generation thought that Alta Vista was dirt.

There were three websites և they took a long time to download. Thus, the Lost Generation did not actually use the Internet to study in high schools. We used a catalog of divine cards. Do you remember that prostitute? All the little teen letters organized by the author, the title այի subject, that led you to a book that might or might not be useful, There was no help in organizing bibliography.

Oh oh, և we printed everything in Word, which had a blue screen.

In the near future we may have reached the latest miracle. mobile phone I sometimes borrowed from my parents և it was schizophrenia. You and probably Dana and I, who were cracking up with Scully, probably had a StarTAC. Maybe you had preset numbers. They came out with these doohickies hanging from our ribbon decks, then at our Discmans so we could play our CDs in our carsEternally Clear Bush Nine Inch Nails. The Smashing Pumpkins. You know every word of “Santa Monica” չեք you do not even pretend. You know, “Emptiness is loneliness, loneliness is purity, purity is piety, God is empty.”

Like is how you are?

The lost generation saw the future

Then we went to college and suddenly we had an Ethernet cable և Napster and the world was our oyster. We can have PCs or Macs or laptops. We could download all the music in the world for free, even though Metallica members were a little upset about it.

Our MP3 players held ten songs. Then our cars had MP3 players. Technology has grown a lot then և we now have Spotify և Amazon Prime, TikTok և Twitter և I write this on my Chromebook, which is practically disposable. The Lost Generation switched from bag phones to Google Docs. My phone has more computing power than the Apollo 13. And not a little. It paints. It has Internet.

Technology has reached true magic. I can talk to my high school friends through the video whenever I wantvia my phone wherever i am with a fire-breathing dragon on my head.

The difference between us, General X և millennia և

Gen X entered technology post-college. When they needed to get home from the bar, they used a telephone. They did not have internet. Instead, they looked up Star Wars even in the newspaper ել watch such thirty channels. One of them showed up Degras high.

My friend Patrick printed realistic fake certificates in his dorm room. Bag phones to realistic scams. This is how far the Lost Generation has come. We could be called Whiplash Generation.

Millennia always had technology. They have never used bag phones. They have always had cell phones, they do not remember those endless free AOLs. Their cursed oxen never died. They did their research online. They found porn on the Internet. They do not remember a time when Mark uck uckerberg belonged to the world, or when Amazon only sold books.

The lost generation watched the events of the technological revolution in real time. We remember both analog and digital. We: grew up with it. It came as a natural evolution without a learning curve. Many of us use TikTok as easily as we used to. We tweet but remember the phone numbers of our best friends. I used a Polaroid camera. Now I use my phone with filters.

We are special because we have our feet in both worlds. The internet is really great for porn, but it’s true Playboy:

We love the original Star Wars trilogy, but we like new things.

We recorded things on the radio and listened to Lady Gaga on Spotify.

Our parents used to slaughter people for Cabbage Joke dolls.

We are not “old millennia”. We are not millennia at all. We are not General Kerr. We’re lost in the mess – an analog և digital weird mix. We grew up with technology.

We are a lost generation.

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