The Generation Gap

By Meagan Casalino

 

Technology is always evolving and changing faster than people seem to be able to figure out an app, and then they’ve moved onto the next. This is both an advantage and disadvantage to the human race: a benefit to those who can keep up with the 21st century but a loss in “real” human interaction as many may argue. Many of those who get left behind in the evolution of social media complain about our generation: “I can never keep up with technology,” sighed an elderly woman whom I had met during her short visit to Ottawa. “See, my daughter bought me this iPad to help me, but honestly I think it makes me more r****ded.” She dropped the word so casually into the conversation, I almost pretended I did not hear it.  While the aesthetics of living in the past often come back with fashion, music and movies, the racism, sexism and homophobia that many Canadians lived through does not.

The 1950’s that so many people dream about while watching Grease tend to leave out the worst part of the decade; Elvis, slicked back hair, colourful skirts and milk delivered to the doorstep often flood search engines before news articles about racism and sexism. Segregated schools and government projects like the “Fruit Machine” are not things to be proud of within Canada’s past history but they show us how far things have changed. Sometimes the Silver Screen does not always show what’s behind the Silver Lining.

I guess somethings are just better left in the past.

Our reputation as Canadians reflects how we are a forward thinking society, but our past mistakes still haunt those who were alive during different times. Our Prime Minsters apologize for the faults of the past minsters in hopes of a better future for Canada and the world. From residential schools to the Komagata Maru, our apology is a promise to learn from our mistake in the past. We have come so far as Canadians to today with a diverse Cabinet and raising the Pride Flag on Parliament Hill for the first time in Canadian History, but we still have a lot more changes that need to happen to make Canada “glorious and free” for everyone.

Our grandparents offer us wisdom and advice about how to live our lives – but more importantly it shows us how far we have come: the end of segregation in the 1960s to women’s right to divorce – all the way to watching the States legalize gay marriage in even the most conservative States. We owe our grandparents and parents for helping us get to where we are today with technology and injustices. Hopefully our children’s generation will have the same appreciation for our efforts and successes – and leave behind our failures.

 

Meagan Casalino is a second year Journalism and Human Rights Major. Ever since she was 8, Meagan was glued to the television at 5pm every weekday, listening and watching what was happening around the world. Meagan decided that journalism provided the perfect career to use her creativity, writing and photography skills. She now is a student at Carleton University going into her second year of Journalism and Human Rights. She believes that journalism should be a combination about informing, captivating and motivating people to make a difference. Inspired by other journalist, Meagan aims to become a foreign correspondent forcing on Human Rights and Environmental issues.

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