An Introduction

About 12 to 15 years ago, computers were introduced into the classroom and society at large. If you're from my generation -- the one "they" call "X" -- you remember the Atari, the Commodore64, the little turtle you learned to "program" to make pictures, and then, wonder of wonders, the Apple IIE. We've grown up with computers, learning basic word processing functions and typing skills while watching The Brady Bunch and Saturday morning cartoons. Now we're either under- or recent graduates and most of us are exposed to e-mail and the internet as a major form of communication, source of information, and tool for recreation. Our generation has seen the progression of technology from the most basic computers in the homes of the few to fast-paced, multitasking PCs in the homes of the many and, unlike the generation before us, we've developed with it. Generally, the members of "Generation X," typically classified as those born between 1960 and 1980, are more technologically inclined than our parents. Those of the Baby Boomer generation have had to assimilate to a technological culture completely foreign to them at an age when such enormous changes are difficult and intimidating at best. Gen Xers have had the advantage of never knowing any different -- and this is even more true for the following generation who, as soon as (and even before) they learn to read and write, are in front a screen, poised over a mouse. Netizens (or citizens of the net) practically from the birth, they are the most ready for the inevitable transition to a technological, postmodern society.

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The contents of this page developed by Erin Foellmer, Fall 1996, to partially fulfill requirements for English 376, "Composition Theory and Pedagogy."