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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Generation X is the term given to the generation of people born between 1961 and 1975. Although the exact boundaries of the dates vary largely when used for the demographic purposes, in terms of popular culture, Generation X is defined by the generation of people who were teenagers during the Pop explosion of the 1980s and were part of the popular twenty-something culture of the 1990s.


The Rise of a Global Generation

One of the defining factors of Generation X is the transitions resulting from the decline of colonial imperialism to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. Another more prevalent factor is a bell curve bottoming out in American births from 1964 through 1979, after the American Baby Boom from 1946 to 1963. A small, often "invisible generation" in the wake of the socially-reconstructing Baby Boomers, those born in the U.S. between 1964 and 1979 received the "X" tag for lack of a defining social identity.

As young adults, Generation X drew media attention in the late 1980s and early 1990s, gaining a stereotypical reputation as apathetic, cynical, disaffected, streetwise loners and slackers. As Generation Xers have now become American parents, however, their media persona is gradually becoming more that of protective security moms and dads in a post 9/11 world.

In India, the Generation X tag went to a new generation of globally educated citizens. The men and women of this generation took an active interest in the fields of Electronics, Medicine, Engineering and Art. There was a significant rise of leadership from the younger crowd and the first signs of a globally contemporary lifestyle were introduced.

In addition, Generation X is noted as one of the most entrepreneurial and tech-friendly generations in American history, as they've driven a majority of the Internet's growth and ingenuity from day one. Amazon, Google, Yahoo, MySpace, Dell, and countless other billion-dollar tech companies were founded by American Gen Xers.

Movement in World Cinema

The 1990s was one of the most exciting decades in the history of cinema. The rising success of the independent cinema market and the introduction of direct-to-video option for low-budget filmmakers resulted in an enormous amount of films in the market. Filmmakers from all around the world made some of the greatest films ever seen.

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