I’ve been listening to a treasure-trove of podcasts from South by Southwest Interactive, recordings of many of the sessions. They get my brain working, sometimes straying off the topic, and I find myself stopping the playback in the car and addressing an imaginary audience. At first, in my mind’s eye, they all look like me, but eventually they start to look like typical people of my generation and above, active people who like to upset expectations and grab the present-day by the horns. They’ve been called Baby-Boomers, but the Internet Generation doesn’t know what to do with them. Since the media pieces from the younger people deal with interests that have little to do with age, the Boomer generation represents an untapped resource for at first an audience, and eventually new participants. Simultaneously, these Boomers are thought of as “grumpy old men” who will reject newness ad hoc, and are a path of more resistance than there’s time for in a day.
Seems it’s time for one or more people who find one foot in each world to get the two worlds to talk to each other, in a common language, with wise-ass lingo kept to a minimum and the Golden Rule practiced in every exchange. I know Len Edgerly does this with arts groups in Colorado and wherever else he’s invited.
I can picture me doing this, too. I’d do a great job. Let’s discuss this at PodCamp NYC at the end of this week.