Response to Zadie Smith’s “Generation Why?”

I do not agree nor disagree with the overall idea of this piece. Generation Why? by Zadie Smith explains the negative side of the social media. Smith writes about her generation, the Facebook generation, and the movie The Social Network. She writes about connections and how this is the entire goal of Facebook. But, so does Skype and email and she makes the point that if we actually wanted to see a person, we would get up and go see them; make the effort. I feel that Smith is frustrated becayuse an entire generation is “entrapped in the recent careless thoughts of a Harvard sophomore.” 

I think Smith brings up an interesting point when she writes about 1.0 and 2.0 people. From what I can gather, a 2.0 person is me. My generation. The Facebook generation. A person that she defines as a 1.0 person is older (aged in 40’s) and not engulfed in the hype of Facebook. Maybe I’m wrong, she never gives an exact definition. She writes about teens on Facebook who lose a friend. The point she brings up is that the deceased persons Facebook is still there. She fears that the youth feels that because her Facebook page is still up, that a person is some how in some way still alive. Many points I never really thought of were brought up in this essay. It was interesting to read and gave another side to something I, and mostly everyone I know, use every day.


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