The original poetic essay was titled “A Generational-Digital Diatribe: Still, Don’t Be Afraid to Pet the Dinosaur.” The first creative bump in the road arose when I realized a 60+ year old brain was balking at memorizing all those words for a video shoot. Fortunately, my video guy agreed and a shorter, more rant than rap version became the goal. This direction was echoed by a colleague and partner of a future “Bridging High Tech and Human Touch” (HT2) Workshop after receiving strong feedback for my 2.5 minute videos.
Shrink Rap Video Link: https://vimeo.com/69053828)
A final voice contributed to the “Rap to Rant to Manifesto” expansion of the poetic essay. A friend and colleague, Teresa, after reading my latest “rant” version, gave a complex review: she very much liked the lyric but had wanted the piece to end on a “more positive”, more hopeful note. In addition, having previously consulted with this savvy grant writing consultant, Teresa was familiar with my “Mentoring-Gentoring” concept. She thought a link with my generation-bridging concept was in order. Initially, I was a bit hard-headed, explaining that the videographer and I wanted the Stress Doc, like Martin Luther, to list our protestations of a present day Golden Calf: the blind, obsessive, and/or impulsive worship of a digital-social media society. However as it turned out, my thick skull proved pliable: that night, at 4am, I saw and worked out the “pass in the impasse”: It’s a Rap: A “Mentor-Gentor” Manifesto for Bridging the Generational-Digital Divide. (It appears in Part II.)
And an additional piece of lagniappe: During my early morning, somewhat manic musings, I discovered my inner Robert Zimmerman. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that I’m currently reading a fascinating biography: Once Upon a Time: The Lives of Bob Dylan, by Ian Bell and have been playing my Dylan CDs. Read and listen for the “Dylanesque” touches in Part II, especially the closing segment.
So enjoy the first part of this creative evolution. To good adventures,
Generational-Digital Diatribe: Part -- l
Still, Don’t Be Afraid to Pet the Dinosaur
The digital world is moving too fast.
You think it’s funny…we’ll see who laughs last.
Don’t have a cow…better to confess:
Let’s begin with this Generational Divide
It sure has taken me for a ride.
Be honest: it doesn't make you moan
That these Digits won’t talk on the phone?
Now a conflict with a colleague, just two doors or cubes away
Out of the box...perhaps it's time for Cyber Detox?
Hey, if you’ve grooved with this Shrink Rap ™ chant…
Stay tuned for Part II of Resiliency Rant.
Just so you’ll know…be ready for “The Manifesto.”