via Putting People First, I came across this article in the International Herald Tribune today and after reading it, it made me think. I’d written about the Millenials just yesterday, and I had expressed concern, now I wonder…
Reading all the way through the article, these few words triggered a train of thought that suggests that the road ahead is forked. There is always the road less travelled by.
Ms. Roxas would wholeheartedly disagree. Working at Gurl.com, she says
that it is all too common for older people to dismiss the "MTV
generation" as lacking concentration and wherewithal, as being
team-oriented but bereft of individual ideas, and as being hopelessly
addicted to the hive.
The relentless multitasking and interactivity are "just a different way
of doing things," Ms. Roxas said, recalling that even as an
undergraduate she would often seek help and counsel among her peers
through instant messages on her computer. "I actually got more done
that way," she said, "and I always knew when to sign off and get my
Maybe the increasing interconnectiveness will lead down a different path. Maybe this generation will connect with peers and friends from around the world, through their blogs and their spaces and their sites and get to know each other as people first, then friends, and only finally realise that the other was on a different continent. Maybe, if that happens, then they will be able to cut across the barriers of time (zones) and space and really connect with each other. Of course, my pragmatic left brain says, it will take time and it will be those who know the lingua franca of the interweb and it will only be those who have access to technology. But I can dream can’t I? It’s a step forward and it could lead to one ‘hive’ to quote the paragraph from the IHT article, it could lead to teams around the world. It could lead to something…