2009: It's been all about the iGeneration

As the year comes to an end, I reflect upon Facebook, Windows 7, how much you hate the RIAA and why this has truly been the year of the iGeneration.
Written by Zack Whittaker, Contributor

This year has been an up and down year for many. Since this time last year, I've learned a lot about the world we live in. Recession took a bite out of our lives, climate change is still hanging in the balance, and Windows 7 shot out the door like a sideshow in a clown set - successfully, I hasten to add.

And just as the academic year is about to end, I'm snowed in at home unable to get much needed milk for my tea from the shop.


Still, I'd like to end the year on a bit of a high - even though strictly speaking we've still got a good fortnight left of writing in us as a network. Let's have a quick look over what's been popular and what simply hasn't.

Suffice to say, it's been a mixed year for technology, the industry and the people who use it.

But even I've grown up a fair bit. Most of you know that I reached the grand old age of 21 only a few months ago, and since requiring glasses to see the slides in my lectures (I'd noticed I'd been moving slowly forward in the lecture theatres over the last three years; since realising the front row was as far as I could go, glasses were the only option). But with this means sometimes you have to go back on what you say.

Just to prove I am in fact human and occasionally eat my own words (and anything else which has an om-nom-nom factor to it):

See, even I learn from my mistakes. A year is a long time to change your tune on something.


So it's fair to say that the Generation Y, even though we are all a year older, means the older workforce in positions of power at the moment, are a year closer to retirement and/or the sweet release of untimely death. With this, my generation have been seen as ever so slightly more important this year, and so we should be.

Leave your thoughts; has it been a good year for you?

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