Sunday, February 23, 2014

Cycle of Outrage (quotes)

I didn't particularly enjoy reading this text beacuse of how it generalizes that all teenagers are criminals. For this blog post I picked to discuss a quote/question that really stood out to me. Weren't radio, films, and especially comic books, responsible for the frightening changes in the bahavior of our youth?(Gilbert 23).  This is a question that really sums up what this entire class is about, yet we dont have a concrete answer to it. Can we really blame just radio, films and comic book for the changes in teens behavior? What about consumerism? Gilber discusses in the text how "hot-rod" culture fueled youths needs to individualize and modify their vehicles. Similarly to what Raby discusses in her text, this can be seen as teens growing up too fast and balancing on the thin line of adulthood and adolesence. Earlier in the text, Gilbert discusses how adolecents were getting married at younger ages and having premarital sex which changed the mores and icons of adolecent subculture, thus we see how teenagehood was being shortened as teens moved into adulthood faster. In my opinion we canno just blame radio, films and comic books for the chages that were occuring in teens. Palladino talks abou hwo marketers began to make teens their targets, which led to teens getting jobs at earlier ages to be able to purchase what was being sold to them thus leding them right into adulthood. 
Another quote that struck me was in the Juvenile Delinquency Films chapter when the 1949 film Knock on Any Door was discussed. The film employs flashbacks to explore the tragic and destructive influence of the slums (Gilbert 181). It later goes on to explain that the main character whom is accused of murder was a product of "the slums" meaning he came from a bad enviroment of immigrant background. This struck me beacuse I come from immigrant background and have never found myself, even in my teenage years to be involved in criminal acts. Was the film writter trying to say that all teen criminical came from the same socioecomical background? 
There is also a part in the text that stood out for me when Gilbert says "jor-riding" led to morre criminal activity amongs teens. I disagree with this completely! At this age, teens are finding who they are, what they are interested in and give socialization priority. Why is it impossible to think teens want to go out for a "joy ride" with friends to talk? 


  1. I really like the first quote you pulled and I think it goes along with the one I chose. It seems like were on the same page!

  2. I really enjoy the second quote you picked and I even wrote about how it is awful that bad behavior is judged on your race and color or the neighborhood you live in. Its shameful that people think that way and it makes the world such a hateful place. Sad.

  3. I also enjoyed the first quote you chose, as I do believe that it is unfair to simply blame the radio, film, and comic books.