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Entertainment shaping Generation X

It is clear that historical events and inventions have shaped each of history’s generations. The shared experiences of a generation as children, preadolescents and young adults can be seen across a wide majority of individuals within a generation. Entertainment has also had an impact on recent generations following the advent of mass media.

Actress Nancy Cartwright and The Simpsons attend Fox Hosts 'Animation Domination' Pumpkin Patch Takeover at Lopez Pumpkin Patch on October 4, 2012 in Los Angeles.
Actress Nancy Cartwright and The Simpsons attend Fox Hosts 'Animation Domination' Pumpkin Patch Takeover at Lopez Pumpkin Patch on October 4, 2012 in Los Angeles.
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Generation X has undoubtedly been shaped by entertainment. Most remarkably is the difference between the baby boomers’ Capt. Kangaroo and the Xers’ Sesame Street. The latter is often cited as a reason for the shorter attention spans of the younger generation versus the longer attention span of their parents. While the Capt. could spend 15 to 20 minutes on a single demonstration using construction paper, safety scissors and Elmer’s glue the characters on Sesame Street never spent more than a minute on a single subject unless it was changed up drastically.

Here are just some of the highlights of the shared experiences of Generation X relative to entertainment.

ET

The Simpsons

Cabbage Patch dolls

Pet Rocks

Sesame Street

Disco

Rap

Reggae

Bon Jovi

Prince

Guns ‘n Roses

Springsteen

From a series on generational cultures from getmaximpact.com. Used by permission. For further information about generational cultures or other cultures visit their website.

This is excerpted from a series on generational cultures from getmaximpact.com. Used by permission. For further information about generational cultures or other cultures visit their website.

©2014 Max Impact, used with permission.

Learn more about today’s generations:

  • Builders / Traditionalists, also known as the greatest generation, born before 1944
  • Baby boomers, sometimes relabeled the sandwich generation, born between 1943 and 1964
  • Generation X, born between 1961 and 1980
  • Generation Y, sometimes referred to as the millennial generation, born between 1977 and 2000
  • Millennials, sometimes referred to as generation Z, born after 1998

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