Times they are a changin’

My friend Jen mentioned some twelve-year-old’s blog in one of her recent livejournal posts and how she envied the content, so I had to check it out.

The blog can be found here, it’s called Style Rookie, and I have to admit- this kid is ‘kinda brilliant. She’s knowledgeable, witty and has a lot of creative ideas. I’m finding myself a little envious too.

This all lead to Dan and I having an interesting conversation. I don’t know why I had never put much thought to this before- but kids have the potential to grow up a million times more intelligent and knowledgeable than we are/were.

I showed Dan the Style Rookie blog and he said ‘Of course she can be this far along- she grew up with the internet.’ I never thought of it like that before. What would I have been capable of, had I always had the internet? If I hadn’t had to sift through a card catalogue and piles of books in order to learn something new? Reading this blog is essentially like seeing the potential product and benefits of technology at work.

This girl is so aware and on top of things for her age- is she wasting her youth? Maybe. But it’s awesome to see that some kids aren’t just wasting what’s available to them; things that were completely absent when we were growing up. She digs fashion so she does her research. She seems to have some feminist themes to her writing so she reads up on influential women. She’s created a charity to help people in Darfur! DARFUR! If I were twelve would I be aware of the struggles in Darfur?

I find it inspiring and interesting, but she does make me feel like I’m wasting my days… why don’t I have a charity set up? Why haven’t I made some clothing and why wasn’t I aware that Joni Mitchell existed at 12!? *sigh*



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5 Responses to “Times they are a changin’”

  1. Tova Says:

    We did however grow up with the abilty of wonderment. For example: We were what, 9 or 10 years old in 1993- the year when cinema really changed and became very exciting. CGI actually became really great. So our formative years were spent being challenged and entertained by Jurassic Park; a whole new realm of possibility that children today take for granted and don’t understand how incredible it was.

    Plus we grew up with tangibility. Funny how books now seems so archaic because of the internet, but remember that the internet is full of fasle information. Yes we did it the hard way but we’re better for it.

    And really, really sorry to be so cynical again but I read this article about Style Rookie and apparently the girl’s mum helps her write it. Still incredible though that a 12 year old is putting herself out there so much. But I’m sure you were doing something equally as creative; you just didn’t have the internet as a platform to make it worldwide.

  2. Kayla Hillier Says:

    It’s odd I consider myself a Luddite in so many ways and I’m so happy that we grew up in, as you say, such a wonderful tangible world. Discovery was an every day adventure. But at the same time I do find myself getting a little jealous of all the doors that are now open for kids. They are being asked to grow up too fast, yes this is so very true. But they have the ability to do so many neat things!

    But you’re right I think I’ve allowed myself to forget some of the cool things I was doing or other kids my age. I managed a sticker club dammit! haha

    I guess it just goes back to the risk. You do learn more from going the long way around.

    (And card catalogues were pretty awesome…)

  3. arthurdelacruz Says:

    dont’ forget. the kids today have wikipedia. ;p

    My old editor writes in his bio that he laments being born after all the major music movements have already happened. (paraphrasing) And there’s a line in a song I love that states “I was born too late, into a world that doesn’t care”

    Tova hit the nail on the head. The subsequent generations will be able to multitask and juggle more info than we did, all this wonderful knowledge they have will be approximations of what we experienced, just as things we experienced were carbon copies of what our elders experienced.

    But I find the thesis that contemporary experience<past experience toublesome too…

    I at one time fancied myself a punk rocker. But to be a “true punk”, I had to ignore the contemporary punk rock, and embrace stuff that happened 25 years ago to get punk cred.
    Now I look back and think that’s bullshit. What does the Clash know about my situation growing up? And though all my credibility is shot when I listen to New Found Glory or Sunny Day real estate, at least they are my peers, and speak directly of my life…

    damn. I lost my train of thought. LOL.

  4. Brian Teron Says:

    I finally got the chance to sit down and read through Style Rookie’s blog…pretty damn amazing…even with mother’s help. My last teaching contract was a school with grade 6 students…Style’s age. Many did not have computers at home or tv for that matter… makes for an interesting day when you read to a class of 12/13 year olds and have to stop to explain material they question due to lack of personal experience. We take for granted our knowledge base… my thoughts of future generations multitasking is always tempered with a good kick in the teeth when I see the disparity within cohorts. Anyways…nice blogs Kayla..just discovered that they have responses…must be getting old.

  5. Kayla Hillier Says:

    Hahaha nah not old.

    I find the whole thing interesting.
    I find myself at times getting kind of upset with the next generation and I go through a diatribe in my head about “kids these days”- talk about “getting old”.

    I don’t like how kids are dressing- I don’t like how they’re constantly pressed to make huge decisions sooner and to grow up quicker- Kids just don’t wear cotton sweat suits anymore.

    It’s so refreshing to see someone indulging in being a kid but doing so with class. Mind you- she’s not representing an entire generation she’s just one over-achiever that sets my mind at ease haha

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