When talking hippies so many things come to mind, drugs sex, and music are probably some of the first. However, the hippies or “flower children” as they preferred to be called were actually more complex than history gives them credit for. There were a number of specific circumstances that created the hippy movement and gave them the mass following they possessed. When the hippies came to be in the second half of the 1960s they heavily drew on the ideas brought on by the “beat” generation of the 1950s. As Rorabaugh mentions that in the 1950s the U.S had essentially reached a period of universal conformity (15).
For instance, I used to believe that the hippie movement was merely a “trend”. From my perspective, being a hippie meant having long hair, wearing colorful clothes and pretty headbands and living freely without any regrets, simply enjoying the moment without caring about the future. Another preconceived notion that I used to have is that hippies were unemployed because they did not like to work, which is one of the many stereotypes surrounding hippies. Due to their seemingly careless nature, hippies were perceived as “slackers”.
Transcendental ideals are relevant to transcendentalists, but no longer valued in modern American life; transcendentalists are against materialism and hierarchies in society, whereas modern American life is built on hierarchies and the unremitting desire to acquire more and live a garish lifestyle. Transcendentalists live minimally, while most modern Americans strive to be successful and gain as much as possible. There is nothing wrong with pursuing success and wealth, but many transcendentalists see that type of lifestyle as monotonous and insignificant. Due to the hunt for prosperity and materials in modern America, transcendentalism is no longer relevant.
Society’s values were challenged by new viewpoints of traditionalism as the old ways faded. It was easy for an individual to be absorbed into these new viewpoints and to question their beliefs. Again, this trial took a huge toll on people and many widespread changes arose in culture and throughout American society. Individuals began to reject religion and accepted these new viewpoints of modernism. This process of traditional views being rejected is still happening today, this has been evolving over a long period of time, starting in the 20’s.
President John F. Kennedy was very successful due to the portrayal of his family as the “typical” American family during the 1900s. Not only did he win his presidential election, but he also played a large role in the formation of the Hippie Counterculture Movement. The Hippie Counterculture was defined as a protest movement within the American youth which arose during the 1960s. Hippies, who were “the youth culture of the 60s that transformed life in the West as we knew it, introducing a spirit of freedom, of hope, of happiness, of change and of revolution” (Miles), opposed Kennedy’s view in promoting a “typical” family dinner. These young minds did not despise of the tight-bond at these family dinners, however, they did not see eye-to-eye with the foods Americans were consuming.
Hip Hop was much more than just a music genre. Hip hop was a youth movement that began in the late 1970’s; even more than that, it was a nationwide culture. It was a highly influential culture of American youths that was exceedingly popular especially among urban Black communities at the height of its popularity. After the Civil Rights Movement, black youth felt the need to have some sort of medium to express their frustrations at their daily problems and struggles, a medium of which they did not previously have before this. Media stations would rarely ever showcase black individuals, even for news outlets or things that we may deem essential today.
Censoring all music with profanity or explicit content is impossible; with today 's technology kids will always find their way around censorship. However, there are steps we can take to change the youth 's perception of "the real world" and it starts with the artists of the new era. First, we must hold these artists responsible and accountable for their lyrics. We need to promote and support Hip-Hop music that has a deeper meaning behind the words.
“To me if feel that the X Factor ruins not just hip-hop but most music genres. Not only do kids like Astro find instant success, but they rap about sh*t which they aren’t apart of. Then the sh*t that they do rap about isn’t what hip-hop is built for. Y’all gotta understand that hip-hop was a way for us to express the discrimination and the reality of the hell we live in.
We don’t want share; we want to get rich. Therefore, in America, people are often expected to work for themselves to provide for themselves and benefit themselves. Universal healthcare goes against many of these standards and, as a result, America doesn’t have universal healthcare. In fact, in a recent poll, 54% of Americans were against the idea of government implemented universal
These are some of the woes I go through when I look at today’s popular music, and they are the reason why I mourn for the good old and gone times of Thriller, and Billie Jean. Almost every decade that passes always comes with a new style of music, but the 1980’s was a period of exponential evolution in the pop industry that has remained unmatched to date. Perhaps the best description of the origin of pop music is the one given by Starr and
Americans had right around 1965 more dramatic choices than ever before as television entertained and guerilla street theatre expressed antiwar and other themes for free. 1960s film/television and theatre were highly influential in the decade 's growth. The decade was full of many hardship and was a time of self discovery. Many drugs and psychedelics such as LSD were used at the time and made the 60s what it was. Many people needed to try new light and a certain rebellion helped that be found.
This drink originated in the Middle East, heavily influenced by Arabian culture. Over the course of many years, coffee made its way to Europe through trade and helped Europe to come out of its drunken and alcohol induced haze that has lasted for centuries. This, in of itself, is a huge impact to history, despite the fact that Europe had been drinking mostly alcohol for the past few centuries and the people 's initial dislike of coffee, the drink somehow managed to take over the Western World. Those who drank coffee instead of alcohol in the morning began the day alert and stimulated, rather than relaxed and mildly intoxicated, making the quality of their work better. Coffeehouses became a social center to discuss current events, philosophy and science.
What most Americans don’t see is that just as them these people come seeking for the American dream looking for a better life, better education, and better safety that is lacked in one 's’ native country. It is true that the first or old immigrants to this country were the founders the ones that started everything but this doesn 't mean that the rest that come are not willing to continue to make this country grow and continue to be prosperous as it has been and as it has progressed over time. Differently many of the new immigrants and some that even come as refugees come from extremely different parts of the world which are very different to the places to the originality of the old immigrants (Grambs). There are problems in the people that have to do with adjustment, where the “old” immigrants have trouble accepting. As Grambs explains that the insensitivity that the old immigrant experience and is often remembered through family gatherings and showed in literature in which the wounds are revealed and are seen still keep hurting.
Can Teens Change The World? “Young people, all to often, find their interests overlooked and their voices ignored,” is a quote from Mo Ibrahim. This explains that in yesterday’s society we had little notice of our voices that create change in today’s society.