I’m a day late on this. My Rearview Mirror participates in Sunday Scribbles, which means I usually get it in my RSS Monday. She chose not to do a Sunday Scribble, instead accepted a challenge from another blogger she reads.
He suggested we repost our first entries. Like most things I do, I just jumped right in when I started blogging. A colleague gives talks to groups about marketing. He’s been blogging for two years and we were chatting and I thought it sounded like fun. So I started reading a few blogs and within a couple days, I had my first blog.
Here’s my first post:
This dope in New Zealand wrote that America was being taken over by the elderly baby boomers. He cites 70 year old Warren Beatty as ” the famous face of a social phenomenon sweeping America.”
Never mind that his Kansas beauty of a wife Annette Bening is the REAL baby boomer, having been born in 1958.
He describes the typical stuff we have all heard or read a thousand times about how boomers are changing the face of the U.S. blah, blah, blah.
But what really galls me is that he refers to our generation as the “elderly.”
You know what they call the fastest sheep in New Zealand?
Take that Mr. New Zealand reporter.
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It did surprise me that my first post was on this topic. I didn’t remember, but I’m glad I have remained consistent.
I still maintain that Boomers aren’t elderly. There has been quite an ongoing discussion of how to refer to my generation.
Boomer is OK with me. Elderly or elder is not. As Time Goes By isn’t helping. She is gotten a lot of publicity by using the term elder when it comes to people over the age of fifty blogging.
Until Time Goes By took up the word “elder”, it had been used for decades only in reference to tribal old people. It is a lovely old word in need of resurrection that conveys respect, dignity, experience, judgment and even, sometimes, wisdom. I have had some success in getting mainstream media to use elder more often.
Because she is well connected with MSM, she has been successful getting acceptance for the term. Even though she admits it’s an “old word” she is militant about it’s use, and doesn’t tolerate any other view.
Referring to people over fifty who blog as Elderbloggers is segrating us from other bloggers. That’s never good.
Blogging itself is becoming an activity for people who are thirty or older. Most younger than that have moved to myspace.com or facebook.com.
So there you have it! Another rant, prompted by my first rant.