The Last Generation is where all things are apocalyptic. It’s an alter-ego, a culture, a glitch-in-the-matrix, and a never-ending store window to everything. Think about one of your favorite stories, did you learn it as a child? The most influential timeless stories are those with moral. As children, we’re taught what is right and wrong through fables and fairytales. When we lose our innocence, we forget those tales were real to us, but yet the moral to those stories are ingrained deep in our subconscious and souls. The Last Generation is a storybook for adults who have forgotten the details but not that feeling, it’s a place where you can find light in the dark. Bringing the storybook experience online- every story has a musical score, recordings, animation, and a moral.
When you see this symbol👁, it means Listen. Watch. Feel. Play the music track that goes with the words. Experience a story, don’t just read it. Go down the rabbit hole.🐇🕳
We’re a culture obsessed with false cultures. This is a glitch. TLG is a glitch in the social media wild wild west system we’re living in. From student loans to disposable human app dating, to IG prostitutes, we’re examing what is right and wrong with the current culture. Indigenous weavers in Peru are no longer important, we’re hypnotized by slap-my-pussy-rap culture and 4Chan trolls who simultaneously type poison while jerking off, and porn. It was the end of times in the 50s as much as it’s the end of times RN. The Last Generation is an end of times paper– go swipe someone like you do your 🍑. Mel-a-n-i-e is reporter that reports on it.
The Last Generation is almost two years old and we’ve learned that we’re always changing, but what stays the same is the moral and lessons learned. We’ve lost a lot of fake friends along the way, lost some real ones too, but we’ve have gained something invaluable- a voice and a platform to question everything. TLG is not a blog, like Vice, some stories are written in first person, but heavy editing and research goes into each piece of art. TLG is an editorial, it’s a space. We’ve predicted so much of the future and written about so many things first, like what if likes disappeared, digital disciples, self-love (before it was trending), Almost 30 (before it became a postcast) that Kim Kardashian would shapeshift and get into politics, that Women’s March was corrupt, and we coined the term Butt Girl. TLG is a small but mighty space and if you love what you feel here, please share as it’s the only way we get exposure. We’re not the best at asking for help.
Typos and all, we’re glad you are here. You are one of the last.
For as long as humans have existed, over 200,000 years, it has only been in the past twelve years, starting with the iPhone, that we’ve had a complete paradigm shift in how we communicate and exist in the world. Never in human history have our brains been bombarded with so much information all at once. From texts to billboards to TV to IG ads to 15-second stories, we are consuming at a rate we’ve never consumed before and thus we do not know the long term effects it has on our brains. We’re currently ill, we’ve lost our ability to survive in the wild because we’re a culture of convenience with repercussions. Today you can scream whatever you want on social media without having to form a thesis or argument; it is what you say it is. Everyone is right and nobody is wrong.
14 million years ago, the first apes appeared. They communicated through sound and movement and these actions happened when they were physically together. For 200,000 years humans had to communicated face-to-face. They had to move their bodies, physically protect themselves, and fight to survive from outdoor weather conditions, predators, and disease.
We claim to be scared of AI, but we are the ones who are the Artificially intelligent. Weather, food, direction, relationships, sex, money, and identity… Anything you want is in the click of a button that exists in the echo-system. Instant happy highs can be hit with a single ‘like.’ What’s the meaning of living when your phone can live for you? We’ve managed to erase what makes us apex predators, yet it’s now seen as non-progressive if we long for the “old days.” We’ve created fake leaders evolved from the number of followers one may have; we’re digital disciples consuming bad meaningless stuff.
3 out of 30 men between the ages of 28-34 identified with being a millennial
4 out of 30 women between the ages of 28-34 identified with being a millennial
The word “millennial” is sought after by companies and has been branded as if a millennial knows a secret the older and wiser do not. Knowing how to snap unconscious self-destructing instant photos is praised as opposed to purposeful timed moments.
The Last Generation are the last humans that were born without technology, and the first to experience it. They were born into a world that they had to imagine or go out and experience. They had to speak louder to be heard. They couldn’t google what a place or person looked like, they had to dream it and connect the puzzle pieces. They had to have courage to build relationships instead of text message their feelings and swipe non-contenders. They were travelers in the world who could be whomever they wanted to be without forever being archived on the internet with tags and data.
Although we can technically define what a millennial is all day by a range of numbers, if you are in your 30’s or almost 30, you are not a millennial. It’s not just age that defines if you are or are not a millennial, it’s a state of mind and experience the current youth generation and the future will never be able to see.
Technology is moving at a pace that will only speed up. It’s time to solve the problem of how we consume.
“No, I don’t identify as a millennial. I put on VR glasses and I was taken back. I marveled. That’s the word, marveled! I think we’re the last to marvel at what technology can do. For millennials it’s no big deal. We’re the last GASP enthusiasts. I worry about millennials because they care more about likes and follows with evolving technology. They’re using technology as narcissistic tools… they’re using it for the wrong things.” – Allie Krummel, 29, Facebook/Instagram Team
Just because you can take a selfie doesn’t mean you’re a millennial… Parents take selfies now and text. Being part of The Last Generation doesn’t mean you aren’t a millennial, but rather you’re a hybrid. With true millennials you will always be a little on the outside, which is good, you know something they don’t… That’s power.
The Last Generation. Are you in? Here’s how to know…
- If you long to write with your hands
- Or if you can write with your hands
- You still feel like you need to be married by 30 with a house and successful job
- You don’t have a retirement fund, but you’re ready to start one
- You felt tacky about using emojis but now you use them all the time and they are your preferred digital language
- You still feel 24, but not really because 24 year olds are a different breed
- You feel weird taking and posting a selfie, but you do it anyways and pretend you’re cool with it
- Spaghetti strap tops were scandalous and revealing in junior high
- Eminem was life
- You first pronounced Wi-Fi as Wee-Fee
- You raced home to watch TRL
- You use the term “sign out”
- You infected your first computer with LimeWire and Napster
- You know was “ASL” means.
- Nokia Faceplates
- You long for eye contact
- You text a lot, but want to chuck your phone
- You delete you dating apps and redownload them the next day
- You look at your phone all the time and it bothers you
- You try to set goals to look at your phone less, but it never works out
- You marvel at technology
- You’re hungry to get off the grid
- You were the last to realize college is kind of a scam
- You have student loans
- You wonder how you’ll ever be able to afford to buy a home
- Your parents still pay your cell phone bill
- You think about how fucked up kids are these days
- You worry about where the world is going
- You haven’t taken a nude selfie
- You’ve only taken one nude selfie and hope it never gets out
- You remember when it was weird if your parents got a facebook account, and remember the day they got one
- You remember when Amazon sold textbooks
- Cassette players and DVDs
- Burning CD mix tapes for yo crush
- Chatrooms! A/S/L?
- The Real Slim Shady
- When Britney and the Spice Girls were considered scandalous!
- Walkie Talkies!
- When listening in on the other line was real spying.
- When BRB was a thing
- When you started to accept hookup culture because hell it’s a culture
- When you had to be skinny to look skinny in photos
- Landlines, when someone would have to talk to your parents before they could talk to you
- Paper dictionaries
- Love letters and little paper notes (Ben Stoddard if you ever read this, you feel me right now)
- Calling cards. You could go to Europe without being able to talk to anyone
- Getting lost, no GPS
- Colorful iMacs & floppy disks (fucking insane how far we’ve come! I got mad the other days cause my 4TB baby external HD was thicker than my 2TB)
- Palm Pilots
- Magic School Bus
- Children’s books with push buttons that made noises on the side (high tech shit)
- Nintendo 64. (I am always Yoshi)
- Are you afraid of the dark?
- Malls, real shopping malls and foot courts
- Real world vs Road Rules was the only reality TV that existed
- We didn’t know anything about celebrities other than they were really good looking
- N*Sync. Millennials only know Justin, but we knew him when he was.
- Austin Powers was the most scandalous movie ever
- Gameboy’s lit by streetlamps
- Pinball Machines
Please feel free to send me your list to add to this. Let’s talk & define TLG together.
From the Vaults
Timing is everything. In 2014, I coined the term The Last Generation and did nothing with it for almost three years. I started a “blog” called Etho-Z and wrote two or three articles, then gave up. It just wasn’t my time. It just wasn’t THIS time. I don’t recommend reading into the past, but for the record, here is the written word exactly from 2014. Shit was brewing for years. If anything this shows that when you have something in your gut, when you feel that light, you’ve got to push toward it and be true to you, otherwise someone else is always in line. You have to be ready though and be awake. I was the first to write about Generation Z and the first to write about The Last Generation. Since 2014, other people started to write and talk about it, but I was first and that doesn’t matter because I wasn’t doing. You are what you do! I’m finally doing. Feel free to take a gander into my 2014 Archives by clicking on the hole below, or just move on with your life. 😉
What’s next for TLG Editorial?
Content. After years acting as a secret weapon brand builder for other people, Mel-a-n-i-e is manifesting her own. Story and experience is everything. Being offbeat and believing nothing is impossible is the type of team TLG wants to build. TLG will be hiring light seekers. Pitch TLG anything.
TLG was 100% created, designed, & written by Mel-a-n-i-e Blanchard Gong