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Andrew Huff / October 18, 2011 10:30 PM

Advertising Age just named the next generation after the Millennials "the iGeneration." Meanwhile, Matt Honan wrote a piece called "Generation X Doesn't Want to Hear It in response to a New York Magazine article about Gen-Y and Millennials getting screwed in the current recession. But the interesting thing, as I noted on my blog last year, is that there's a lot of overlap when it comes to when a "generation" starts and stops. So, dear readers, whish generation do you consider yourself -- or which do you relate to the most -- and why?

Andrew Huff / October 19, 2011 12:35 AM

Oh, and I'm a Gen-Xer. I remember reading when Singles and Reality Bites came out that I was on the cusp, but the generation was later revised so that even my brother, who's three years younger than me, fits in.

vise77 / October 19, 2011 8:39 AM

Gen X, but I feel more like a very late-stage Boomer, absent all the "we invented history" nonsense and nostalgia one often finds with that group.

David Tortuga / October 19, 2011 9:35 AM

Talkin' 'bout my generation? I don't know, it's like asking a realtor what neighborhood you live in. So ... maybe I'm the North Andersonville Generation?

jj / October 19, 2011 10:39 AM

I consider myself part of Generation X, and I was born in 77. I definitely feel a lot like that Matt Honan piece, although I'm on the youngish side of the category.

Mike / October 19, 2011 10:44 AM

I was born in 1972 and I am not part of any generation. The whole thing is bullshit just used to classify people.

Texas T / October 19, 2011 11:59 AM

Ahhh '77 was a great year! I read that post by Matt Honan yesterday and couldn't help but laugh in agreement all the way through. Gen X.

Erik / October 19, 2011 3:35 PM

'75 and I've never particularly felt connected to a "name" for the period. I grew up in the 80's, and yet I've met people who will talk about that period, and I think "did we both grow up in the same decade?" Different experiences, attitudes, outlook on life etc. The name means nothing to me.

HRS / October 19, 2011 5:09 PM

Interesting how some people are dismissing 'names' of generations, yet fully accept the 'year' that they were born.

Both are man made (man created years and months and days and time, the church actually created what you and I know as the "Calender")...both were made to classify people.

I'm a Gen X-er.

Richard / October 19, 2011 11:44 PM

I belong to the blank generation.

David / October 20, 2011 12:24 AM

I'm a-ok with Gen-X, although I relate more with my cohort, whatever its name is. That's as it should be, but Gen-X has been such a powerful force that it's hard to get past it.

vise77 / October 20, 2011 8:25 AM

"Interesting how some people are dismissing 'names' of generations, yet fully accept the 'year' that they were born."

Except what we call 'years' reflects an easily measurable physical process/cycle independent of marketing needs, nostalgic impulses and, indeed, the whims of civilization.

Mucky Fingers / October 20, 2011 10:30 AM

I belong to Generation X, a term I dislike because we didn't select that name for ourselves. It was assigned by the generation before us.

I also agree very much with the Matt Honan article. Very true.

HRS / October 20, 2011 2:00 PM

vise77...hardly 'easily measurable'.

Trying to figure out how long an actualy day/month/year has always come with errors...even today.

We use nuclear technology in the world clock, and it still needs to be adjusted to correspond with the earth's rotation.

Hardly 'easy', yet still marketable.

Baseball stadiums have "70's night" at games. A "year" being 'marketed' to make money.

vise77 / October 20, 2011 2:20 PM

HRS: There comes a time when one trips over the fence that divides from knowledge to pendantry, and you have done so.

How, you might ask, do I know? Because I've had many scratches, bruises and swollen ankles from doing the same thing in both real life and this fantasy land of enjoyable time-wasting.

Derby / October 20, 2011 10:19 PM

Boomer here, although at the tail end of that "era" - and I have nothing in common with the older Boomers

jesp / October 21, 2011 5:58 PM

Also a boomer, though from the middle of the era. I have nothing in common with either the older boomers, nor the younger boomers.

Shechemist / October 23, 2011 8:39 AM

When I was in highschool/college I was too young to be GenX, But now I am? Whatever.

Cleaning out my basement storage space to make room for the kid's 3 wheelers I found a cassette tape a guy made me in the summer between high school and college of the SubPop 2000 compilation. I guess I'm GenX, based on that alone right?

I loved the Hornan post.

spook / October 25, 2011 12:29 AM

A generation that over all aint got nothing to talk about except sports and reality tv.

mare / October 25, 2011 8:54 AM

I'm an Xer, through and through. And yes, fwiw, I don't want to hear it. (from the Yers and the iGens)

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