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January 31, 2003

These Kids These Days, chapter whatever

Friedrich --

I spent more art-going time than usual this past week out on the further edges -- oddball gallery art, a poetry reading, some performance art. A few quick observations:

  • Young people these days must have grown up watching even more television than we boomers did.
  • The old frameworks (whether fictional or not) are in tatters. Or perhaps it's just that the fashion ot the moment is post-ironic horsing around in a deconstructed (ie., blown to smithereens) media junkheap. Installation art? An MTV set. An MTV show? Half performance art.
  • Which I take to mean that TV is the source and mother of all things to young people. A few years ago I finally noticed that, where the boomers loved to bitch about their parents, the new young people love to bitch about television.

My theory? That the formative art experience for these kids was hanging out in front of the TV with friends, making fun of what was on while secretly fantasizing about being a star.



posted by Michael at January 31, 2003


"where the boomers loved to bitch about their parents, the new young people love to bitch about television."

Perhaps young people today have better manners, and realize it's rude to bitch about the people who raised you... or else they all come from single parent homes and did as much parenting as an boomer's mom or dad.

Posted by: j.c. on February 2, 2003 12:30 AM

Hey J.C. -- Well, I hope your Theory #1 is right, and you may well be onto something with Theory #2. And I may be a bit more cynical than you. But my bet is that one reason the young people bitch about TV the way the boomers used to bitch about their parents is that for many of them, what with working parents and divorced parents, the TV was their parent.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on February 2, 2003 10:20 PM

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