Thursday, May 08, 2008

Generation Jones

Seventies America, exhausted by the intensity of the 60s and burnt out from the impact of the Boomers, just wasn't ready for yet another generation. By decade's end, with the 1-2 punch (in late '80) of Ronald Reagan's election and John Lennon's assasination, authentic youth culture was driven deep underground. In fact, with the exception of hip-hop, there were no significant youth movements in 80s America. By the time the 90s rolled around, the nation was finally open again to the idea of a new generation and attention was paid to the teens and twenties (Generation X) who were proclaiming their collective identity.

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