GenTech: An American Story of Technology, Change and Who We Really Are by Dr. Rick Chromey plus GIVEAWAY

 

 

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We are uniquely shaped by innovations that influenced us during our “coming of age” years between 10 and 25.

 

It is the technological interactions in our adolescence and college

years that guide our generational frames more than anything else, not the day we were born.We are generations of technology. We are GenTech.

 

– Dr. Rick Chromey

 

 

 

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Book Details:

Book Title:  GenTech: An American Story of Technology, Change and Who We Really Are by Dr. Rick Chromey

Category:  Adult Non-fiction 18 yrs +,  328 pages

Genre:  History / Cultural & Technical History

Publisher:  Morgan James Publishing

Release date:   May 26, 2020

Content Rating:  G : This is a non-fiction book about our technical history and how it has shaped our culture.

Book Description:

Every twenty years a new generation rises, but who and what defines

these generations? And could current generational tags mislead and miss

the point? In this insightful analysis of technology history since 1900,

Dr. Rick Chromey offers a fresh perspective for understanding what

makes a generation tick and differ from others. Within GenTech,

readers learn how every generation uniquely interacts with particular

technologies that define historical temperament and personality and why

current generational labels are more fluid than fixed, and more loopy

than linear. Consequently, three major generational constellations

emerge, each containing four, twenty-year generations that overlap,

merge, and blend:

 

  • The Audio Generations (1900-1950):Transportation-Telephone Generation (1900-1920), Motion PictureGeneration (1910-1930), Radio Generation (1920-1940), Vinyl Record

    Generation (1930-1950)

  • The Visual Generations (1940-1990): TelevisionGeneration (1940-1960), Space Generation (1950-1970), Gamer Generation(1960-1980) and Cable Television Generation (1970-1990)
  • The Digital Generations (1980-2000): PersonalComputer-Cell Phone Generation (1980-2000), Net Generation (1990-2010),iTech Generation (2000-2020), and Robotics Generation (2010-2030). Dive

    in and revel in this exciting, compelling, and novel perspective to

    understanding recent American generations with GenTech.

 

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 

I normally do not read this genre, so this is the first book like this for me to read. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed GenTech: An American Story of Technology, Change and Who We Really Are by Dr. Rick Chromey. First of all, taking a look back from the 1900’s until the present made me think of my grandparents. Grandaddy was 19 at the time, grandma wasn’t born until 1903. It’s fun wondering what grandaddy’s live was like in 1900! As I read through the book and as the years passed, it was fun thinking about other family members and what it was like for them as the world was rapidly changing. For me, it wasn’t until the late 1950’s that I can even barely remember. I was amazed at how much life has changed over my lifetime. It was also a good trip down memory lane for me, remembering much of what this author has written.

In this book, Chromey starts with 1900 and tells the changes that has happened in our world until now, but he also writes his take on what the future hold for us living in the US. Chromey’s book is full of facts, so his extensive research clearly shows on this pages. I was in awe the whole time I was reading. There are hundreds of fact here, but I just pulled out one that I find fascinating.  It is: 12/31/1999, Social media networks were non-existent. This seems almost unreal when you look at now and the many, many social media platforms that have popped up, and still popping up almost every day.

It is impossible to even touch on everything that is in this book because it covers such a wide time span. But this is a book that everyone will enjoy! It is certainly a book that you want go keep on your shelves for many years to come. I highly recommend Dr. Rick Chromey’s “GenTech: An American Story of Technology, Change and Who We Really Are.”

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Official Scheduled Release Date is May 26, 2020.

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Meet the Author:  

Rick Chromey is a cultural explorer, social historian and generational

futurist. He’s also served as a pastor, professor, speaker/trainer, and

consultant. In 2017, he founded MANNA! Educational Services

International to inspire and equip leaders, teachers, pastors, and

parents. Rick has a doctorate in leadership and the emerging culture;

and travels the U.S. and world to speak on culture, faith, history,

education, and leadership topics. He has authored over a dozen books on

leadership, natural motivation, creative communication, and classroom

management. He lives with his wife, Linda, in Meridian, Idaho.

Connect with the Author: website ~youtube ~ facebook ~ twitter ~ instagram

 

AUTHOR INTERVIEW 

Dr. Rick Chromey, author of GENTECH

QuestionWhere did you get the idea for your most recent book?

AnswerI knew it was a story–a distinctly American story–that needed to be told. Thankfully, I found a great publisher who felt the same. My book “GenTech: An American Story of Technology, Change and Who We Really Are” is a work I’ve been researching, speaking on and writing about since the early 1990s…nearly two decades! I’ve been studying generations, at least, that long. The idea for GenTech particularly came to me almost a decade ago when I was working on my doctorate and studying cultural change. In that work, I posited a theory that certain technologies (I call them “mega techs”) have the ability to rearrange and reimagine cultural languages. In other words, they change how we communicate, socialize, learn, worship, transact and labor. A few years ago I started to consider how technology (like music)–particularly the tech that we “come of age” to between the ages of 10 and 25–give our generation its unique personality. We are part of the Radio or Television generations (not Boomers). Or the Space and Gamer generations (not Gen Xers). We are the Personal Computer/Cell Phone and Net generations (no Millennials). It was a better, more dynamic way of viewing American generations.

QuestionHow do you get inspired to write?

AnswerI wake up every morning inspired. I always have. My best thoughts and insights bubble in my sleep, sometimes even waking me up. It’s why I do most of my writing in the mornings. By noon, I knock off and move to other things. I get inspired in my travels. Last week I was in DC and saw the U.S. Capitol. The architecture and history in DC inspired several thoughts for me this week (most of which I post to my Facebook friends). People also inspire me. I love biographies. I watch a lot of documentaries, history and human-interest television. I also read a lot in the same genre. I watch reality television for ideas. For me, everything is wrapped in a story or a metaphor or a visual. It’s my job, as a writer, to find those stories, metaphors and visuals…then bring them to LIFE.

QuestionWhat are you currently working on?

AnswerWith my new book GenTech: An American Story of Technology, Change and Who We Really Are set for release in print on May 26, most of my writing is focused on blogging to draw attention to that book, and on writing content for workshops I am giving across the county on GenTech now. However, I’m always working on something. In 2020, I decided to test my poetry and songwriting skills. I’m working on an autobiography of my strange and crazy life. When I have time I working on a commentary for the book of Revelation (I’m a closet theologian) and testing a new book idea with a few of my closest friend.

QuestionWhat’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Answer:  Nobody lands the lunker trophy fish on their first cast (even though that’s entirely possible!). You learn to fish by fishing. It takes time, patience, persistence and a desire to learn the lake and the fish you are fishing.  It’s the same thing about writing. No one lands the big book deal on their first proposal. I wrote my first nationally-published book when I was 25 (and it was a modest best-seller in its field), but I had already written three self-published books by that time and several published articles. I landed the lunker early in my career largely by luck and studying the market (no one had written on that topic). A lot of writers ask me how do you get a contract? I say “self-publish” and blog until someone notices you’ve got something worth reading. If no one is following your blog (it happens), start a new one on a different topic. I post daily on Facebook SOMETHING that’s inspirational, helpful, memorable or enjoyable (and it’s not political!). I have two main pages, MANNA! Educational Services International (https://www.facebook.com/mannasolutions4U/) and GenTech (https://www.facebook.com/authorrickchromey/ that I feed with new material. (We also have a Twitter page, @MyGenTech2020, and Instagram @MyGenTech, and being active on platforms where writers hang out is important) Writers are always writing. You can’t help it. If you didn’t, you’d burst. If you aspire to write, you must first perspire to write. It’s that simple.


Question:  What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Answer:  The opportunity to see the world. If you can write AND communicate (speak), you’ll experience the world on someone else’s dime. I’ve personally paid for very few trips in my life but have seen every state, several nations in Africa, Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Italy and Moldova (to name a few)…all paid by another person or organization. The more you travel, the more you have to write about too. It’s a win-win.  

Question:  How do you deal with writer’s block?

Answer:  I read. I experience (get outside). I look for inspiration in current events, biographies or history. More than anything, I just write SOMETHING. Most of the stuff I pen is throwaway, but in panning the dirt that’s when the flakes of gold rise.

Question:  How do you manage self-care when sitting and writing for hours?

Answer:  I set a timer. If I am in a flow, and that timer goes off I know it is time to stand and walk. So I pick up my phone, choose my recording app and begin to talk away my thoughts as I walk, so I don’t miss them. Then I go back and transcribe. I also drink a lot of water, as it keeps my brain functioning well. Another thing I love to do is walk in the grass in bare feet. It grounds me and keeps me moving forward. I am not a big exercise person, but I enjoy walking and meditation. Those things also assist me in managing that self-care piece.

Question:  What’s next for GenTech?

Answer:  We are taking it on the road. Our plan is to do many book blog tours, and in-person bookstore events later in the year when the book comes out when is makes sense to move forward that way, and continuing to build out the speaking platform for the content. There is great demand for it, as we scramble to work well together with different ways of viewing life through technology, as well as educating younger people in the classroom about the importance of looking at who we are through the lens of technology and our coming of age years. Helping people move forward – helping our children move forward in a way that makes sense for a generation, not just basing it on the day we are born. There is also a workflow element to how we create teams in the workplace that I am teaching on, based on GenTech. The eBook is out now, and we have a bestseller party coming up on March 26th from 7-8pm EST, where it will be free on Amazon for one hour.

 

Tour Schedule:

June 2 – Bless Their Hearts Mom – book review / guest post / giveaway

June 2 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway

June 3 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway

June 3 – Books for Books – book spotlight

June 4 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway

June 4 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway

June 5 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

June 8 – Books and Zebras – book review

June 9 – Svetlanas reads and views – book review

June 9 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight

June 10 – 411 On Books, Authors, And Publishing News – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway

June 10 – Reader’s Cozy Corner – book review / giveaway

June 10 – Mowgli with a book – book review

June 11 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway

June 12 –Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway

June 15 –The avid Reader – book review / giveaway

June 17 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway

June 19 – Buried Under Books – book review / guest post / giveaway

June 22 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

June 24 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview

June 24 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway

June 29 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway

 

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Lauren Carr
    Jun 12, 2020 @ 09:14:23

    Thank you so much for sharing this thought and discussion provoking book.

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