The In-between Generation

I was talking last night to a writer friend of mine about some of the ideas I am researching for Masters, giving him a rundown of things I am thinking about; how technology is affecting society and my perspective as someone who doesn’t feel entirely like a Digital Immigrant, nor a Digital Native ( see this post for more).

He suggested that perhaps I (and my in-between generation) might be a kind of “Digital Pilgrim” (Benjamin Thomas, personal communication, April 9, 2013). I thought this was an interesting idea, the word Pilgrim has an exciting and romantic connotation to it – of being the first to experience, knowing full well there will be hardships and that you may lose some along the way.

I guess this can also hold true to a Digital Immigrant as well to a certain extent, they are also coming to something new, with all the excitement and trepidation that exploration holds. 

 

pil·grim

[pil-grim, -gruhm]  

noun

1. a person who journeys, especially a long distance, to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion: pilgrims to the Holy Land.
2. a traveler or wanderer, especially in a foreign place.
3. an original settler in a region.
4.  ( initial capital letter  ) one of the band of Puritans who founded the colony of Plymouth, Mass., in 1620.

5. a newcomer to a region or place, especially to the western U.S.

 

Retrieved from: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pilgrim

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