This month I’ll be presenting on the rising generation of traditional-age undergraduate students, that combination of younger Millennials plus Generation Z/Homeland Generation. It’s a topic I’ve worked on previously, so I wanted to update my approach and materials.
My approach is to treat the net.gen idea as a complex social and historical phenomenon, with multiple models and interpretations. I bring in a variety of scholars, commentators, data, and theories. Above all, I want my audiences to take these young people seriously, and not simply caricature or, worse yet (hello Boomers) dismiss them.
Here are slides for one such presentation. I’ve worked in recent (2016) research. I’ve also tried to, well, not downplay the digital aspect so much as foreground and emphasize other forces framing these generations: demographics and economics especially. I added some personal details.
Some older documents dating back to the early 2000s are still there, either for historical purposes (establishing the net.gen argument) or because they hold up nicely, like the creepy treehouse and the messages young folks received about privacy.
How does it look? Is there stuff I should add or subtract? I want to add more Millennial and Z voices than are represented so far, but am leery of cherry-picking.