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Obama: a baby boomer hero

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Obama’s election in the US is a genuine social media issue, because of the way in which the man embraced the medium and, in doing so, markedly changed electioneering forever.  Twitter, blogs, SMS, social networking ….. he utilised them all with an impact that would have been unimaginable only a few short years ago. Take a look at Trevor Cook’s item on just how important the Internet was to Obama’s win

However, please excuse me for going off topic for a short time, because the US election is a moment in history that I don’t want to pass up. Mainstream media has focused on America’s acceptance of a black man, however I think Obama’s election success means a lot more than that.

One of the things I enjoy most about being a baby boomer is my generation’s ability to search for heroes that reflect our broad views — and then hold them upon high. Ok, so Obama may not be a baby boomer himself, but baby boomers largely put him where he now stands.

Like figures as diverse as JFK, Guevera, Mandala, Lennon, Martin Luther King Jnr, Dylan etc the US President elect automatically holds our expectations and generational support.  

Perhaps it is an unfair weight of expectation for a man whose life from here will be spent even deeper in the cesspool of deals and compromise that is modern politics.  However, what has swept Obama this far is a pure support, largely untainted by cynicism — and I think the baby boomers are the last generation able to boast this characteristic. Ideals forged in the 60’s and the turmoil of Vietnam have always been unapologetically out there on our sleeves. And Obama certainly looks a deserved recipient of that status. 

 

Ian

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Written by ianandsue

November 9, 2008 at 1:52 am

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  1. Interesting post and blog. Relevantly, many prominent experts and publications have pointed out that Obama is part of Generation Jones, born 1954-1965, between the Boomers and GenXers.
    You may find this page interesting: it has, among other things, excerpts from publications like Newsweek and the New York Times, and videos with over 25 top pundits, all talking specifically about Obama’s identity as a GenJoneser: http://www.generationjones.com/2008election.html

    ElectionWatcher

    November 9, 2008 at 5:19 am


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