Oh wow, it really is isn’t it? I’m always right on the cusp of throwing out Generational theory as bunk and then something like this comes along and it reminds me that yes, it stands for something. A grouping of some kind at the least. Is it by media influences or geography or economic conditions, or racial relations of a time frame or some mixed womby yet strangely parseable thing? I dunno but it’s a something worth looking at.
Oh it’s totally a cybernetics thing agreed. (Hate using the word but that’s the field I suppose)
I lit up when I first learned about intersectional things too.
There’s still all the choice and yet a lot of it is like being fish in the water – can’t always pick the water you’re in (and fish don’t know they’re in water, and we don’t usually either) — so it’s a weird kind of embodied thing, we’re situated beings all connected in loose couplings and such
I’m still a questor questing. Didn’t get to finish college (ran out of $) – was either going towards theoretical physics or development psychology – but probably would’ve ended up in sociology- hadn’t decided yet. Ended up doing computers when I got back home
But I did get an early taste of online (1989 got on at home, 1990-91 was my full internet at the hippie college) 17-18 year old me dove right into learning about subcultures on the fly as I went along, loving every minute of it.
Now almost 32 year online, easy access to hundreds of thousands of conversational encounters in chat rooms, message boards, BBS’, etc from people all around the world, it’s been amazing. Getting to indulge my fascination with trends of peoples.
I get to be me being me while also noticing how I’m reacted to and how I react, teasing out how I appear-to-another while getting a sense of what their influences may have been, all just while chatting about whatever.