Dumb tweet: Somethin’ ’bout my generation

A dumb hashtag reveals some thoughts on these times

Topics: Twitter, Dumb tweet of the day, Generation, Teen pregnancy, Hashtag, ,

Dumb tweet: Somethin' 'bout my generation'The Child Mother', 1884, of a different generation entirely (Wikimedia)

A hashtag currently trending in New York reads #WeLiveInaGenerationWhere. Before picking out any particular Dumb Tweet, it’s worth pointing out that the popular hashtag is itself dumb: We do not live in a generation “where,” we live in a generation “when” or “in which” — because generations are temporal, not spatial.

One tweeter (retweeted around 200 times) bemoaned that “#WeLiveInaGenerationWhere children are having children,” which is absurd, because under modern conceptions of childhood, every generation in recorded history has seen children giving birth to children.

Natasha Lennard
Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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