Many individuals/Scholars tend to characterize the 1950s as a time of conformity, prosperity, & solidarity. While the 1960s was viewed as the decade of pandemonium, chaos & rebellion. These descriptions of both decades may be accurate. But many argue that there is a correlation between the two periods.
Therefore the youth culture wanted to be like hippies, but without the excessive drug use and living in communes. Many of the adults
Teens feel like they have no choices but what there parents, teachers, or other authority figures, tell them. Just like how all the districts had no choice, but to do what the capital says. Teenagers are very rebellious and don’t want to do what authority figures tell them. Modern day teens are very much like the main character of the Hunger Games Katniss. Katniss was always being told by the capital what to do.
With today’s American teens, the concept of social norms can be easily be pointed out. As social norms is an established manner of behavior maintained by a society, teens today can easily be argued to follow a manner of behavior, such as texting, taking selfies, and wearing the latest trends. The ,hipster, is unique to today’s American teens, an example of visual representation and a subculture. Even with our own personal experience and observations, most teens today represent the typical hipster. Skinny jeans, chunky glasses, and checkered or plain T-shirts, the American teen hipster is a recognizable figure in the modern U.S. As a subculture to today’s teens, the hipster movement brought about new styles of music and fashion.
Ageism isn’t a term usually used for youth, but it is apparent in The Misfits. When Addie and Bobby go to their teachers to discuss the “problems” they created, they were turned down by the teachers because they “were just kids”. Although this is an overlooked problem, it is still very major and it deserves attention. Seniors are usually the main target of this iniquity, but youth can also be affected. Kid’s ideas are often turned down because they are “too young” or “not experienced.
Researchers have found that “over the course of human evolution, the willingness to take risks during this period of life has granted an adaptive edge” (Dobbs 4). By realizing that taking risks is an important part of coming-of-age, teens develop a new perspective. The article points out that “we enter a world made by our parents. But we will live most of our lives, and prosper (or not) in a world run and remade by our peers” (Dobbs 4). Teens realize that they are transitioning to a whole new world as they come of age; a world run by their generation.
Teenagers in the 1920s Many wonder what teenage life used to look like in the 1920s. Unlike previous generations, young Americans’ average number of years in school were increasing and instead of getting married at sixteen or seventeen, parents were delaying longer before pressuring their children into marriage. In other words, it rapidly became clear that America was entering a new era of life with many new traits. Dating, fashion, and entertainment were influenced by teenagers in the 1920s.
During his speech addressed to the UN general Assembly given on September 25,1961, John F. Kennedy stated, “Conformity is the Jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” In other words, if we all accept the circumstances and go with the flow like dead fish, how can we know what we are capable of accomplishing-how much we can grow, especially as a nation? Conformity can be defined as the compliance with standards, rules, or laws or the moment you willingly chose to fit in when you’re meant to stand out. In the 1950s, a flood of social conformity washed over the country and had people leading similar and stereotypical lives. Many, at the time, strived for the comfort and simplicity depicted in TV shows such as “Father Knows Best” and “Leave it
Teens Tried as Adults Teens are the future of our society. They are the ones who will soon run the world we live in today. People make mistakes and no one is perfect. From these mistakes people learn, however some do not. Most of the time when a teen makes a bad choice something gets broken, they screw up in class or hurt someone's feelings.
Third, there is parenting. Teens are looking for music that separates them from their parents’ generation. Nowadays, some parents are fine with their children listening to that type of music. On the other hand, others are outraged with their child’s music preference (Bailey
Youth subculture is often defined or distinguishable by elements such as fashion, beliefs, behaviours or interests. Many subcultures are related with specific music genres, a telling example is that Mods like Soul&Jazz and Rockers prefer Rock&Roll. Also, vehicles have played an essetial role in youth subcultures. During the 1960’s in the UK, mods were associated with scooters while rockers were associated with motorcycles. What are mods?
The media has long played a role in influencing how people construct and perceive the world. Media has influenced how people construct their thoughts, most often their perception towards someone. Youth in particular, have been presented in a variety of ways in the media. Although teenagers are portrayed differently as an individual, based upon characteristics and personality, the media is constructed to sell certain ideologies of youth or the youth culture in general to the audiences and then to the society. The media promotes both, diversity and conformity when representing the youth culture in the media but in my opinion, conformity reigns superiority.