“If you were born before 1985, then you know what life is like both with the internet and without. You are making the pilgrimage from Before to After,” he writes. It is a nice conceit. Harris grew up in a very different world, one with limited channels of communication, fewer forms of entertainment, and less public scrutiny of quotidian actions or fleeting thoughts. It was neither better nor worse than the world we live in today. Like technology, it just was.
Being in this situation puts us in a privileged position.”If we’re the last people in history to know life before the internet, we are also the only ones who will ever speak, as it were, both languages. We are the only fluent translators of Before and After.”
I am one of those born before 1985 and this articulates how I feel as someone a part of the before and the after. But I am just on the cusp. I was born in 1984 — I wonder, does this make me Generation Y or a Millennial? I think I swing more to Gen Y because my brother is five years older, and I believe a member of Gen X (or he’s on the cusp of that and Y). But I wonder.
Perhaps I am both?
I am currently on a train from Boston to New York and here is a thing that just happened —
Snack Cart Guy: Would you like a beverage?
Me: Diet Coke, please
Snack Cart Guy: That will be $2.25
[Snack Cart Guy hands me a Diet Pepsi.]
Me: [Shocked, horrified, and offended] DIET PEPSI!!!! Ahhhhhhh, NO. No thank you.
A true lover of Diet Coke would NEVER accept anything less!
(I did end up getting ginger ale).