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Associates: Generational Archetypes. Not surprisingly, generations that experience similar early-life experiences often develop similar collective personas, and follow similar life-trajectories.

Associates: Generational Archetypes

While writing Generations, Strauss and Howe discovered a pattern in the way different types of generations follow one another in time. They identified a sequence of four generational archetypes—which they call Prophet, Nomad, Hero, and Artist—that have recurred in that order throughout American history. The generations in each archetype have similar age locations in history, and thus share some basic attitudes towards family, risk, culture and values, and civic engagement, among other things.

As each archetype ages, its persona undergoes profound and characteristic changes. Yet each also has an underlying identity that endures over the centuries. Throughout modern history, the four generational archetypes have followed one another in a recurring cycle (for more information, see Historical Generations and Turnings). We need to ditch generational labels – Rebecca Onion. Science fiction uses generations as guinea pigs in thought experiments: writers will change one important feature of human life, but leave the rest intact, in order to hypothesise how a single, world-rearranging shift might play out.

We need to ditch generational labels – Rebecca Onion

Please stop having dumb opinions about Millennials. Millennials!

Please stop having dumb opinions about Millennials

They are carbon-based lifeforms! Unlike you! Deadly myth about millennials: The dark truth about a misunderstood generation. There is a demographic group in crisis today, though they’re rarely discussed.

Deadly myth about millennials: The dark truth about a misunderstood generation

Occasionally, they’re used as a foil on conservative cable news shows, where overpaid hosts sneer derisively at their endemic “laziness.” Sometimes, members of Congress will trot them out as straw men to drum up support in rural districts. Not the End of the World Show. The End of the World, by Reverend Billy Talen.

Not the End of the World Show

OR Books, 2013. Cancel the Apocalypse, by Andrew Simms. Little Brown, 2013. Not for the first time, it all feels a bit end times. Or at least a bit penultimate. Even artichokes have doubts. If this year is anything like the last 10, around 25 percent of employed Yale graduates will enter the consulting or finance industry*.

Even artichokes have doubts

This is a big deal. This is a huge deal. What Can We Learn From Diagramming Sentences? Draft is a series about the art and craft of writing.

What Can We Learn From Diagramming Sentences?

Why Are American Kids So Spoiled? In 2004, Carolina Izquierdo, an anthropologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, spent several months with the Matsigenka, a tribe of about twelve thousand people who live in the Peruvian Amazon.

Why Are American Kids So Spoiled?

The Matsigenka hunt for monkeys and parrots, grow yucca and bananas, and build houses that they roof with the leaves of a particular kind of palm tree, known as a kapashi. At one point, Izquierdo decided to accompany a local family on a leaf-gathering expedition down the Urubamba River. A member of another family, Yanira, asked if she could come along. Izquierdo and the others spent five days on the river.

Although Yanira had no clear role in the group, she quickly found ways to make herself useful. Young people are rubbish … Feckless hooded youth is wheeled out to be pitted against the freezing pensioner, as if we have to choose between them.

Young people are rubbish …

Photograph: Radius Images/Alamy Back in the day – a phrase never used back in the day by anyone I ever met – we were the knees of the bees. Being young was very heaven. Everything was better. Open Letter from a Millennial: Quit Telling Us We’re Not Special « The Phoenix and Olive Branch. Why my child will be your child's boss. Children with ADHD can be overly energetic, but adults may just feel edgy or restless.

Why my child will be your child's boss

"Adults don't show the more obvious signs such as running and jumping," says Colette de Marneffe, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Silver Spring, Md. "Hyperactivity presents more subtly in the form of restlessness. " However, you may recall a rambunctious childhood. Dr. Wetzel had a patient who recalled spending a lot of time in the school hallways because "he couldn't sit still. " (MoneyWatch) COMMENTARY Saws. The Medication Generation: Teenagers and Antidepressants. Suzanne Collins’s “The Hunger Games,” review. Rebecca Stead chose to set her children’s novel “When You Reach Me”—winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal—in nineteen-seventies New York partly because that’s where she grew up, but also, as she told one interviewer, because she wanted “to show a world of kids with a great deal of autonomy.”

Her characters, middle-class middle-school students, routinely walk around the Upper West Side by themselves, a rare freedom in today’s city, despite a significant drop in New York’s crime rate since Stead’s footloose youth. The world of our hovered-over teens and preteens may be safer, but it’s also less conducive to adventure, and therefore to adventure stories.

The Meme Generation. This is the third biennial ROFL conference. The Cheapest Generation - Derek Thompson and Jordan Weissmann. In 2009, Ford brought its new supermini, the Fiesta, over from Europe in a brave attempt to attract the attention of young Americans. It passed out 100 of the cars to influential bloggers for a free six-month test-drive, with just one condition: document your experience online, whether you love the Fiesta or hate it. Young bloggers loved the car. Young drivers? Not so much. Technology Is Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say. The researchers note that their findings represent the subjective views of teachers and should not be seen as definitive proof that widespread use of computers, phones and video games affects students’ capability to focus.

Even so, the researchers who performed the studies, as well as scholars who study technology’s impact on behavior and the brain, say the studies are significant because of the vantage points of teachers, who spend hours a day observing students. The timing of the studies, from two well-regarded research organizations, appears to be coincidental. One was conducted by the Pew Internet Project, a division of the that focuses on technology-related research. The other comes from Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization in San Francisco that advises parents on media use by children. Teachers who were not involved in the surveys echoed their findings in interviews, saying they felt they had to work harder to capture and hold students’ attention. The Go-Nowhere Generation. Are millennials delusional? Young people coming of age over the past decade or so have been referred to as Millennials, or, in a nod to their individualistic nature, Generation Me.

Newly published research suggests they could also be called the generation with unrealistic expectations. An analysis of the values and ambitions of American 12th graders finds “a growing discrepancy between the desire for material rewards and the willingness to do the work usually required to earn them.” Psychologists Jean Twenge of San Diego State University and Tim Kasser of Knox College report that, for high school seniors in 2005, 2006, and 2007, materialism remained at historically high levels, even as commitment to hard work declined. This suggests that “entitlement—the idea that one deserves things without working for them—may have increased,” they write in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Twenty-five percent of Boomers admitted that “not wanting to work hard” might prevent them from getting a desired job. Not Doing Better Than Our Parents and Loving It (Or, Why Keynes Was Right) One of the frequent laments of the “great stagnation” era is that younger people today won’t do better than their parents. It’s not clear, though, that we should want to. The American expectation that every generation must do better than the last is a creature of historical trends. Rob LaZebnik's Message for the Class of 2013. The (Terribly) Lost Generation: One Millennial’s Critique And Defense Of Her Strange Bedfellows. Something funny happened after a screening of Frances Ha. My mother did not understand it. Her confusion is odd because she is a bright, open woman with whom I have seen many more disturbing and controversial movies. Closer comes to mind.

We even went out to eat after that one. Imagine discussing a movie wherein a character shouts: “You like him coming in your face?!” But talking about Frances Ha gave us trouble. Is This Both the Smartest and the Dumbest Generation? The Hannah Montana Hypothesis - Issue 5: Fame. Hipsters and Low-Tech. Maria Popova: why we need an antidote to the culture of Google. You describe yourself as a "curator of interestingness" and run a website from New York called Brain Pickings, which covers all things curious and inspiring – books, art, science, photographs etc. What's the common denominator for publishing something? How to Live Without Irony.

“Hipster” is a Meaningless Slur. What medieval Europe did with its teenagers. Image copyright Getty Images Today, there's often a perception that Asian children are given a hard time by their parents. But a few hundred years ago northern Europe took a particularly harsh line, sending children away to live and work in someone else's home. JFK Still Dead, Baby Boomers Still Self-Absorbed. Big Pharma’s focus on blockbuster cancer drugs squeezes out cheaper treatments. If you were Dante, who would you choose in place of Virgil as your guide through hell? : literature. Inequality and the Modern Culture of Celebrity. The Anarchy Project. Attune...ment (on generation) It’s the End of the World as We Know It . . . and He Feels Fine. Richard Florida Concedes the Limits of the Creative Class.

Did I Abandon My Creative Class Theory? Not So Fast, Joel Kotkin.