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Sunday 14 July 2019

A voicemail from the editor

Old and tired inspired

We’re living through the first proper generation gap for fifty years. That’s a good thing

By James Harding

I feel old. But not in a bad way. Not in the sense of being past it. I’m just increasingly conscious of belonging to a totally different generation from today’s young people – and it’s exciting.

This has been one of the side-effects of setting up a new newsroom open to different people with different views, backgrounds and, yes, birth-dates. It makes it clear that we’re living through one of the first proper generation gaps since the late 1960s and early 1970s.

This generation gap needn’t feel like a chasm of understanding, nor should it be treated like a dry public policy problem.

We’re finding that the generation gap offers rooms for different conversations and new ideas. It can help to ensure that we don’t become too set in our ways.

Editor’s voicemail (3:54)