Submitted by Henry
on January 23, 2009 - 7:40am
You describe a range of projects in the book including those involving youths and senior citizens. What generational differences, if any, did you observe in the ways they thought about their roles and responsibilities as journalists?
Young people are much more technologically adept in general. Older citizen journalists often get tangled up in the technology.
They approach issues differently. The youth have strongly held opinions and aren't afraid to express themselves, be they nationally or international in scope. The older generation tends to shy away from letting fly with their political opinions especially. They have sort of a been-there, done-that attitude in many cases. I'd love to see research on how the young, middle-aged and seniors differ in their approach to political expression, especially when it comes to writing.
Obviously subject matter differs wildly among the young and the old, who don't know Eminem from an enema.