Picking up what I’m throwing down? Chicago Women in Publishing’s program on intergenerational communication is Wed., 11/20.
Even though I’m a lapsed Luddite who resists technology a bit, I cannot deny the power of the wired world and how it has begun to shape the way we use language and communicate with each other. I might have dug in my heels and resisted a cell phone, then a smartphone, and the now-ubiquitous Facebook and Twitter. I’ve since come to embrace it all (though I do love to unplug sometimes). I don’t hesitate to pick up my phone to tweet or text, but these ways of communicating are embedded in my daily life, and I can’t quite imagine their absence.
I might fancy myself as a tech-savvy modern gal, but I wonder what the millennials think of me, patting myself on the back for being an avid tweeter. I probably sound quite quaint. The love of technology seems to trickle down through the generations, maybe becoming distilled along the way. I know I’ve been exasperated on more than one occasion because some family members, who shall remain nameless, of course, don’t ever have their cell phones on (and let’s not get into the fact that they wouldn’t send a text, like, ever).
The amazing part about a modern world full of people who are at varying levels of comfort with technology is that we all still have to communicate with each other—and we have to work together, too. On Wednesday, November 20, Chicago Women in Publishing’s program will present a panel of industry experts to discuss the baby boomers, members of Generation X and Generation Y, and millennials and how their different work ethics, values, and communication styles make an exciting and challenging work environment. I telecommute, so I feel like this topic is especially pertinent to me, because most of my workday communications involve one electronic medium or another. I don’t have the luxury of face-to-face conversations, which adds another dimension to being plugged in but maybe not connected, in the strict sense of the word.
If you’re in the Chicago area, I hope you can come on Wednesday and join the conversation. If you love chatting it up on social media like I do, the hashtag for this event is #cwipgen. And if you’re not sure what that means, please flag me down before the program, and we’ll have a good chat about the wide and wonderful electronic universe, from one Luddite to another. Hope to see you there!by