Typing 'Bout My Generation

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Sept. 30 2010 2:48 PM

Typing 'Bout My Generation

Marc Prensky coined the term " digital natives " in 2001 to describe the generation that's grown up surrounded by plugs, pixels, and screens. Two films out this month, Catfish, a documentary about an online relationship, and The Social Network , on Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, are giving critics the opportunity to try and best Prensky with their own monikers:


Manohla Dargis, The New York Times : The boot-up, log-on, plug-in generation

Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York : Generation Internet

John Griffin, The Montreal Gazette : The social-networking, mobile-device-dependent, electro-communicating Gen Y kids

Prairie Miller, News Blaze : Youtube generation

Corey Hall, The Metro Times : The social-networking gen 


Some especially ambitious critics have gone even further, trying to label the entire age in which we live:

Constance Droganes, Sympatico : The Facebook-age

The Toronto Sun : The me, me, me decade

Gary Thompson, The Philadelphia Daily : The anonymous Internet age

Joshua Alston, Newsweek : The news-feed age


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