If you don’t hear this sound when reading it, you aren’t a millennial: “Ssshhhhhhhhk…. DA DONG DA DONG DI.” This is more than a throwaway comment related to my own childhood, it’s the sound of a dial up modem; the series of screeches that heralded the coming of a new technological age.
As the internet becomes increasingly populated with luke-warm takes about whether boomers or millenials are to blame for the world’s ills, not enough attention is being paid to the mediums facilitating these conversations. Even less consideration is given to the ages of respective generations at the point at which the internet arrived and began rapidly changing the world. This is at the crux of what divides the millennial generation so starkly from our parents.