Saturday, February 9, 2013

A Tangkle of Discourses


" still have the time to change things, you know when you’re an
adult you don’t really have time. (Alannah)"

This struck me as very interesting due to the fact that its such a known statement in our society but yet most have not taken the time to really see it's true meaning and how deeply it effects our teenage culture in America. This quote is suggesting , as Raby explains in some detail, that adulthood means time is limited and of the essence while the teen years are suppose to be filled with luxuries and chance for mistakes. If this is so, then there is no wonder to why young people act out and/ or rebel the way they do. We have given our younger generations and perhaps some of our own, to act out of the norm. To say whether or not this is good or bad is not really what we should be asking but rather leaning from it and understanding who our teens are and why they act the way they do.

"Many commentators currently frame teenagers as a social problem for parents
and for the rest of society. Here teens are a risk to others, dif!cult, trouble
makers and potential disrupters of households and social peace."

This quote is a better example of what I was trying to explain with the previous one. As a society we do view teens to be difficult but that's not to say we didn't put that on ourselves. In music videos such as Keshas "We R Who We R"  we see this vision of crazy young people rebelling out. This is one artist among many who fuel the flame for young people to believe that young years are meant to be crazy, wild and full of "luxury".

 Youth today are courted as a high-consumer group, and are modelled in the
media as the ideal age, with teenagehood constituting the onset of ‘the best years
of your life’

This is very true!!! & it makes sense. These higher consumer industries work within a world where everything is connected and needs to work together in order to prosper. By targeting a younger group of people who generally have less responsibilities its easier to manipulate them into thinking they want something when they might not know they want it. For example we take a famous artist world wide like Rhianna and we can see that the consumer world uses her as a tool for marketing. Young girls look up to her and want to be likie her so companies will attach their products with her name and soon after money will flow in due to her fans.


  1. Raby raises some interesting thoughts on Teens as consumers huh? How do you think this shapes teen identity for adults and the teens themselves? Good? Bad?
    Like to see where this work goes...

  2. you definitely picked perfect quotes to show what this article was trying to get across. i agree with your analysis' completely here also.
    i also liked how you put a modern music video "we r who we r " by kesha in here too, great way to pull things from the present here to prove points.
    i would have enjoyed if you put a picture in here too!
    overall i loved reading :)