On the forums on MyRagan.com (myspace for MarComm) Kristen Ridley posted a hilarious tongue-in-cheek letter to all Millennials asking why: "it often appears that you don't care about anyone but yourself, and believe that you should always get exactly what you want, when you want it regardless of any impacts on other people. What are we missing that would help explain what seems to be a shocking lack of interest in the world around you and your ability to make it better? Because you are so equipped to do just that if only you would choose to. I mean, you have youth and energy on your side (and let me assure you-we envy you that because at our advanced age with those years of excessive drinking behind us we are tired!). Not to mention that all this technology you're so fond of means you could organize people and actually change the world from your living rooms! Not like us old fogeys who actually had to go out and demonstrate and get arrested and stuff"
Here is my response......
Dear Digital Immigrant,
It is true - the dissonance between our generations has risen to alarming proportions. And your invitation for an open dialogue is most welcomed.
When I was a child (granted, it wasn't that long ago) my mother told me that insults are just jealousy in disguise. Perhaps your attempts to speak down to our Online addiction (at least it's not drugs - we "just said 'NO!'" thanks to Nancy) are simply a big, green envy monster rearing its ugly head?
But I know this is not the case because of your hard work and honest attempts to assimilate to the culture we've created.
So you'd like an explanation for our ambition and independence? Let's start with corporations such as Enron, Worldcom, and Arthur Andersen who were shining examples of the rewards we can expect after dedicating a lifetime of service to an organization.
Not to mention the fact that you've been telling us since birth that we must prepare to contribute 7.65% of every hard-earned penny we will ever earn to a Social Security program that will be completely dissolved by the time we're old enough to participate.
So we've learned that the only person we can rely on is ourselves. If we "pay our dues" (I think that's what you call it) we end up bitter, tired and jaded knowing that we've watched a thousand better opportunities pass us by.
We will continue to seize the day, blur the lines between business and pleasure, and keep you on your technological toes. When the tools exist to produce more while appreciating the world and all its beauty - spending our short, sweet moments in a cubicle seems like an inferno ring only Dante could describe.
With much respect for your struggles,
A Digital Native