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Alex Berger

I did a session a few weeks ago with a number of local community members tied to the Public Library. One of the things we discussed was a 21st century media center and how to approach it.

In that instance I was the youngest one there and closes to a digital native - at 23, in my opinion I still don't make the "native" cut. That said, even as well read and as informed as they were, we have a very different ideological approach to the media, how it could be used, and the nature of that use. It was really valuable, in we were mutually able to share insights and better help each other understand the way and differences in which we relate to the question and how we view and utilize the technology.

I think the cross generational forum like that really helps balance the pragmatic side of things, with the real value. One of the biggest things i've noticed is that non-millennials/natives tend to view the technology as valuable and want to help the youth and others learn it, but often do not end up investing the time/energy etc. to understand/learn it completely themselves.

It becomes a sort of - that's a very valuable skill for the future, our youths should are are learning it. What can we do to help them so we can tap their skill set later instead of a - what can we do to learn it and embrace this technology while helping natives adopt it and providing the tools they need to really excel.


Hi Beth,
very interesting post as usual. a lot of learnings on how to adapt to new communities and how to get attention to work efficiently. We had a similar experience last month im Antananarivo , madagascar during a big ICT event when Foko was invited to host the Youth day.
can you imagine challenges? we were trained to train youth to technology but thousands of them in just 6 hours was mission impossible. Most of the students even , in high-schools, were using internet for the first time but quickly enjoyed the interactivity (we made sure to show them "interesting but educational" content and networks such as....wikipedia, facebook...)
at the end of the day, exhausted, we just wished that the goverments or anyone else (us included!) could do something to get more students to use new technologies since there is no place in the entire country with free internet!
I hope you are well and looking forward to read more from you!

Ashley Messick

One quick comment I had was with regards to the statement "The young people in the room are experts on privacy settings on social networks and definitely had formulated friending policy - while the concept of friending policies was very new to some of the boomers in the room." I am curious if others have found that this applies in general to younger generations, as far as privacy settings are concerned. In volunteering with the young people at my church and in other organizations in the community I have found that many of them who friend me on social networking sites seem to present themselves online with little thought to future repercussions about pictures or language used. Maybe it is because at 24 they think of me more as a peer than an adult (although this seems not to be the entire explanation) or just that many of them are not entirely sophisticated when thinking about their online presence. How much do we think kids are really thoroughly thinking through their online actions? Just something that I thought of while reading through this really interesting and exciting post about inter-generational social media.

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