Announcing The Next Generation Gap . . .

Remember the 1960s? The United States was rocked by a violent explosion of youth culture. Alienated young people, withdrawing from the social agenda of their parents, made "generation gap" a byword in the media.

Could this kind of youth revolution happen again? A new book, The Next Generation Gap pulls together insights from American literature, generational studies, sociology and technology to answer this question. Taking its readers on a journey through a landscape unexplored by traditional academics, The Next Generation Gap concludes that the hegemony of the current American empire will be shaken to its foundations before 2020 by acts of cultural treason. In a few short years our senescent culture, dominated for decades by a postmodern elite, will be turned out to pasture, and a new regime with radical perspectives will replace it. During the transition Americans will be forced to choose sides.
The Internet "cloud." One of the book illustrations. Click to enlarge

What will be the agenda of the new leaders? What changes will young people demand, and what strategies will they employ to make the changes happen? In answering these questions The Next Generation Gap uncovers a two-century history of five American generational revolutions. Earlier upheavals give us a glimpse into the challenges that society will face when generations clash.

Technologies, especially communication and transportation techologies, play special roles in the cultural revolutions. Tools developed by the generations in power are hijacked by rising generations to promote their radical program. The Internet, currently being transformed into an icon of centralized social power, will return to its distributed roots. New ideas about energy and transportation will upset the dominance of automobiles and airplanes.

The Next Generation Gap puts ideas on the same page that have never stood in the same book. It compels us to consider what a renewed generational crisis might mean for our homes and families in the 2010s.