Rating Three Generations for Digital Deftness


The triumph of digital TV broadcasting on June 12, 2009 (D-Day) was a defining moment for one generation above all others -- Baby Boomers. The growth of this generation closely tracks the rise of network television in the second half of the 20th Century. It's a generation I refer to as anadiggies and D-Day as a crossing over from the analog world, where they were born, into the digital world, where they'll expire -- no coupon necessary.

It's instructive to compare generations that came after and before anadiggies in the way they view the analog-to-digital transition. Let's call them Wi-Fries, for young people keen on Wi-Fi, and Great Gens, for participants of World War II (a.k.a. The Greatest Generation). Based on these three age groups, I've created a scorecard about digital deftness covering everyday categories. You know where you fit.

  Wi-Fries Anadiggies Great Gens
Who they are Young people keen on Wi-Fi Born in the analog age but destined to die in the digital era; Boomers Participants of World War II; The Greatest Generation
Where/when they watch The Office Online whenever On their DVRs withinin 2 days of broadcast On their TVs when NBC says so
Pause live TV Yawn Cool! How's that?
40,000 tunes in your pocket Snore Amazing! Did you say toothpicks?
Internet radio A capable way to hear new music Such incredible variety, it blows away FM! Big deal. We had shortwave.
Camera Web cam Polaroid  Brownie
Portable music iPod Walkman The Buick
What CDs are good for Ring toss Ripping to computer A fixed return
Nostalgia SpongeBob  Disk jackets, rotary phones, dial-up modems Dinner jackets, party lines, 3-cents stamps
Movie downloads drive-ins matinees
Paper problem Out ot tisssues with runny nose Having to refill the laser printer Renewing the Times large-print edition
5.1 audio Naturally surrounded Just like going to the movies! What was that? Who's there?
Widescreen aspect ratio Just like our eyesight Just like going to the movies! Can you get rid of those darn bars?
Black & white Sony Reader I Love Lucy Nazis vs. Yanks
We don't need more spam spam Spam
Finger usage tweeting computing page turning
Graceful degradation Doesn't compute Fuzzy TV was better than no TV I should be so lucky.
Card memory credit greeting
0K Out of memory I'm okay; you're okay. Oklahoma!
You never forget your first phone word processing program kiss
What I miss most about the 80s nada confetti from printer's perforated  paper dirty dancing
Talk minutes radio Can we?
D-Day Dentist visit TV stations replace analog broadcasts with digital only Invasion of Normandy; and it's June 6th, numbskull!

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