Up With Grups from New York Magazine is a great article discussing the shift in, and perhaps elimination of the generation gap. Those of us in our early to mid thirties have seen this slow shift, and I sure as hell didn’t recognize it, though looking around me today, I should have. Obviously the observances are a bit skewed (super mega cities like NYC vs. the rest of the country), and there is a range of attitudes and practices within this group. For example, I don’t exactly match up with this example:
He owns eleven pairs of sneakers, hasn’t worn anything but jeans in a year, and won’t shut up about the latest Death Cab for Cutie CD. But he is no kid. He is among the ascendant breed of grown-up who has redefined adulthood as we once knew it and killed off the generation gap.
I don’t have anywhere near that many pairs of sneakers (try two pairs). My friend John on the other hand… well let’s just say that he is the perfect NYC Grup poster boy.
Anyway, it’s a long article, so I’ve only made it through the first page, but I look forward to reading it in its entirety tonight.
Link via Jeff Croft.