Generations

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Every generation has ‘marks’ showing major political and cultural conditions that effect them.

Every generation has new technology.  In the old days technologies changed so slowly that just one of two big changes would be enough to mark a generation.  With the dawn of the 21st century that seems to have changed, in that adaptation to technological changes may not lead to stable conditions for as long as they had in the past.

Amongst the changes in my own little world are learning the new flat screen TVs in our satellite, HD world.  Right now this means that I have had a look at whether or not my son’s PS3 and my laptop and my TV are compatible of not.  I have learned that the laptops we own are not compatible with our TV, at least, not using the HDMI cord.  Most likely there are connections which will still really work.

Maybe that’s not much, but right now I am watching a movie from a few years ago portrayed as having occurred about 15 or 20 years earlier than when they made it…

It is about young adult men from the DDR – which I never learned to call East Germany until I lived in Germany and my son came home from school and told me that they told him a bit about the DDR, but did not describe it to him as having been filled with demonic monster “Commies” and their enslaved poor people desperate for the material wealth they believed there was over in the West.  They told him about it as if they were just real people over there.

I’m not so brainwashed that I didn’t know they were all also just more people, but I was a little weirded out that the [West] German schools were so relaxed about actual Communists.

Anyways, this is a little review of German practice from a movie made with people who might remember the DDR from when they were very little but it has either not been like that their whole lives or has not been like that since they were really very young – maybe before they went to school. 

Yes, that may seem a bit rambling, but sometimes I can understand what the German actors are saying …in a backdrop of my own beloved and sorely missed USA.

2 Comments
  1. RHPolitz says

    Yes the DDR (German Democratic Republic) has gone through some major changes, several in fact, and always come back stronger. Just as you looked back, think of today’s generation and what they’ll be thinking about the beginning of the twenty-first century in the USA as they pay and pay and pay for the current growing national debt. I wonder if, in fifty years, people will remember the “Great Recession” and the huge political changes that occurred in 2008 through 2012. Will it be just another forgotten chapter?

    What names or labels will we have given the demonic monsters of this era?

    1. MiriamSPia says

      Thank you for commenting. Really, I have met more people from ‘over there’ since 2010 than in the sum of my life prior to age 42 years.

      I really would not know about old DDR politics. Way back in the early 1980s one of the great Saturday Night Live TV show comedians made a joke about how our perception is distorted because all we were told was negative propaganda about one another’s countries.

      I love my USA and always will. I love democracy and civil rights. That being said I do not feel very good about the dark side of sales in which the real reason behind the attacks on Communism are to get to more customers so the company can make more money.

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