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Generational Film Literacy

Betsy and I were talking about my previous post, and the thought of generational film literacy struck a cord with both of us. Can anyone out there help us fill in generational “must see” films? What films give you the core, the heart of a particular generation?

HeathersBreakfast Club

For Gen X, of which both of us are proud members, we came to a pretty solid list: Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueler’s Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Dead Poets Society, Heathers, Pump up the Volume, Lost Boys, Empire Records, Clerks, Pulp Fiction, and a few others Bets will have to help me fill in. What have we missed?

Lost BoysDead Poets

For Gen Y/pre-millenial, the only solid choice I could come up with was Clueless. I’m less attached to that generation…help!

Anyone want to help with pre-Gen X? Boomers? Baby Busters? Help me fill my Netflix queue, people!

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

6 replies on “Generational Film Literacy”

You posted it yesterday but missed it today. PUMP UP THE VOLUME! As far as generation-al films go, I suppose Fear & Loathing might qualify, and if not, maybe Born on the 4th of July?

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