What's Your Script?

How we revise our narratives.

The Next Generation

Cultures merge into an anonymous digital format.

Global online interaction is changing the way we communicate with one another. For those born after 1990, the next generation is technologically and digitally savvy from their early exposure to computers and the Internet. This “C” generation has a reliance on mobile communications and the rapid networks now available. This cohort experiences the world through texting, mobile communication, the Internet, and networking with friends, families, teachers, and business contacts. As their global world shrinks due to the interconnections they develop, new forms of communication and even a new languages evolve. Cultures merge into an anonymous format where interaction, transpires with the stroke of a key or the jargon they use.

Researchers have an opportunity to observe this group of young people as they transition into adulthood and can study how they communicate with one another. As a member of an older generation, I can’t help but wonder if the changing dynamic will infringe upon what they perceive as human rights and personal power issues as well? As an illustration, freedom or lack of freedom of the press or media used by mojo’s in a conflict situation. Will the new generation view access to their global world as their “right” or will digital technology be the battleground of the future? Instead of fighting with armament or weapons will they fight for access to the perceived global truth and justice? Or will the languages they come from began to morph into a new universal format that embraces multiple cultures and solidify the complex global world?

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Jeanne Christie, Ed.D., Ph.D., is an adjunct professor in communications at Western CT State University and at Manhattanville College.

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