Generation Y

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Azat Abdyrakhmanov
Comparative Analysis Paper
Patricia Silvestro
Date due: 04/07/11

Many people believe that previous generation of Americans was completely different than the generation that lives now days. Ideology and interests have completely changed. For instance, we all know that previous generation cared a lot for peace in the world, human rights and equality of mankind. Martin Luther King, John. F. Kennedy and Malcolm X are people who fought for equality among people and most famous representatives of Generation X. But compared to the previous generation, my generation is completely different, and many people are having a debate whether it’s good or bad. Thomas Friedman in his essay “Generation Q” called current generation quiet American for a good reason. In his opinion they are not outraged as they should be (98-100). On the other hand, Rob Fishman argues that “Generation Q” is too ready to defer to technology (72-75). After reading these articles, it’s clear that both authors define this generation from different perspectives; however, they both discuss an influence technology had on people. In Friedman’s perspective, this generation has become too quiet because of what technology has brought. But according to Fishman’s response, people of this generation are taking full advantage of technology in good ways rather than hiding behind screens Rob Fishman starts his essay by telling how he visited several universities and what was so different about generation of students. The first thing that surprises him is an attitude of students in life. He is amazed how students have changed since 9/11 in completely unexpected way. Instead of being afraid and caring more about themselves, they have become more Abdyrakhmanov2 optimistic and idealistic than they should be. According to Fishman, college students today are not only going abroad to study in record numbers,...
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