Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Always Someone Cooler

Recently I read an article about how "old" people are ruining "new" inter-net sensations like Facebook and Twitter.


The article explained how "Kids" today are upset with the fact that their parents are signing up for Twitter and Facebook accounts. Twitter and Facebook was the playground for the youngsters and they are annoyed that mom is trying to "follow" or "friend" them. The article claimed that both Twitter and Facebook are gaining popularity with the Baby Boomers and the 35 plus demographic and that is a demo that advertisers want. It is only a matter of time before the kids find a new inter-net hangout.


I read the article to Lauren and we joked that once something becomes mainstream it is no longer "cool". She laughed and said, "I felt the same way about grunge music. Nobody listened to grunge at all except for me and a few of my friends. Then, one day, it is all the rage and I felt robbed of good music."


I nodded in agreement. "I felt the same way when the movie Batman came out in 89. All of the sudden everyone is a Batman fan. It became cool to like comic books. I felt robbed of a good super hero."

Lauren laughed and she kind of gave me a look that could have been sarcastic and patronizing. "Uhmm. Yeah. Like that." She said.

Apparently I am not as cool as I think.

11 comments:

thecheekofgod said...

Let her have her Nirvana thing. You win the coolness battle hands down . . .

I always feel the same way when a somewhat obscure yet great book is made into a movie. Like No Country for Old Men. I loved the book, and shared it with some friends who I knew would appreciate it. And then there's this great movie that so many people watched and just didn't get. That irks me . . .

And now, here comes The Road. Should be interesting . . .

Bogart in P Towne said...

Comic books have never been "cool" no matter what the Paul Pfeiffer's of the world may tell you.

Melissa said...

you are cool!

kcinnova said...

Oh, it gets worse... I had a facebook account before my oldest teen (and because I made him friend me, he never uses his wall, only messages and chat) and NOW his grandmother --my very own mother-- has joined facebook.
Even I feel robbed of coolness!

So, if I wore flannel shirts and old jeans in the early 80's in Seattle, prior to Nirvana, did I set the standard for them, or does that push me past cool and into uncool?

James (SeattleDad) said...

I don't even fein to be cool. Makes it easier that way.

Melinda said...

Yes, my daughter is annoyed I am on Facebook. Her friends write to me and ask to be their friends.
It might be the old boyfriend that really annoyed her most.

Hey, I KNOW I am cool because I don't care.

Merrily Down the Stream said...

and always someone not as cool...

Charity Donovan said...

Hey...you allowed me to be your friend on Facebook SO NOW I MUST BE COOL!!!! LOL!!!!!

sari said...

My dad's on Facebook too but he says he doesn't have time for a blog, following other blogs AND facebook. So I don't feel that robbed, even though I'm apparently uncool and in the "over 35" demographic.

Foo on that.

Anonymous said...

You only got 9 comments here on this story. (mine is #10). Guess you're right! You lost your "COOL".
You don't realize that it was the "OLD" people reading your blog. They found someone else to read. I think they're reading comic books in the nursing home now.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

So much like my home, it's scary.