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Generation M: Mobility, Multitasking, Multimedia … and Malnutrition?

Author: Mark Dixon
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
10:01 pm

After stating that “Generation M will not use technology the way we are used to doing. For one thing, they have real mobility. Mobility is key. Multitasking is key. Multimedia is key. The three Ms of Generation M,” JP Rangaswami proposes, “People in Generation M will have n identities at the same time. N jobs at the same time. N residences at the same time.

I guess JP knew about our house. We have more computers, cell phones and iPods than televisions. We are all addicted to email. My 12 year old daughter is perfectly at home with PowerPoint and Google. Family newsletters and photo albums are digital.

But among all this hype, there are still some troubling realities. How many billions of people have never made a telephone call? Or watched television? Or typed on a computer? How many never have enough to eat, let alone be bothered by Multimedia?

WorldHunger.org reports that “malnutrition plays a role in at least half of the 10.9 million child deaths each year–five million deaths.”

What became of the the identities of each of these children? Should the fourth M of Generation M be “Malnutrition”? A sobering thought.

Particularly when I realize that I just spent 30 bucks on dinner that was so large we brought doggy bags home.

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