> “two of my own digital natives”
I’ve got two of my own as well (3 and 2) and I look forward to their future with excitement and trepidation. We’ve got no TV, but we have 4 or so internet-connected computers and the signs are already here. My oldest will be able to send an email before he can write a letter. Our kids will grow up with a new standard: paper is for entertainment, information is on the web.
I think the gap has to be later than 1980. In my own childhood (I’m 27), owning a modem was unusual and cellphones were extreme luxuries. Facebook and myspace didn’t exist in any major way until I was already out of college. I don’t think it’s clear how different the worldview of children born in the last 10 years is going to be, we have very little reference for change as significant as the internet has created in that time.
> “In 10 or 15 years, no one coming into DC, into the world of public policy, will not have been exposed to online spaces and tools. He suggests at that point, we’ll see a tipping point with regards to the norms and attitudes towards them.”
It’ll be so much more than politics that’s flipped on its head, too. I say it’d be easy to make a strong argument that the “current financial crisis” has its roots in the same shifts in information flow (specifically speed and breadth) that it sounds like the speakers connect to the generational gap separating the digital natives from the immigrants. Watch the shifts as commerce, industry, agriculture, culture, and society in general come under control of the “natives”. It’ll be different, I know that much.