Youth Culture and Film Intro

Youth culture generally refers to the ways adolescents and teenagers differentiate themselves from the parent culture of their community. (from Wikipedia) The rise of youth culture dated back from the post war period, and then in the 50s, the age of affluence and baby boom. Before that, the youth had little influence on the society. Young people in the 50s started to influence society greatly, especially in music and in media. Until the 60s, youth culture has become full-blown, and the influence started to become political. They were not afraid to advocate their ideas to the public, and they started a series of student movements such as anti-war and civil rights movement, in the form of mods, rockers and hippies. When in the 70s, these youth started to join the workforce, thus had greater influence, such as helping the computer revolution, which later being exploited by the next generation. And in the 80s and 90s, the children of these baby-boomers grew up in the age of internet, and their influence this spread more widely and faster than ever before. So according to youth culture history, youth films also started to be made from the 50s. The young people in the movies were presented as rebellious, impetuous yet they seemed to have a clear picture of what a perfect and ideal world should be. The making of youth films not only was affected by the contemporary phenomenon of the youth, but also had great effect on the youth themselves. Actor such as James Dean was created as an ultimate representation of the youth, and the way he dressed and acted was copied by the youth as well. Movies and youth culture influence one another, they represent youth, but also create the image of youth.

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