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Marcel Danesi

February 5, 2014. Lecture 4 – Miller Rebellion Mark Twain and 1800s Era • Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn: two characters of youth and what it is like to be a young person growing up inAmerica pre 1900 o Before there was established youth culture, before adolescence was even a constructed social reality • Youth must be polite to elders; important social aspect of the era o Implied that youth were naturally and previously not polite • Youth must heed advice (go to bed early, get up early, read good books, etc.) o Crystalizing adults as authority figures; know better than youth MayaAngelou • Acts of rebellion • Racial epithets (racial change comes from the young) o Rebelling against the norm promotes change Michael Moore • Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, etc. • Idiocy in school • Role of school in molding youth • Psychobabble of educational theories o Runs how people set up schools, criteria, teaching techniques o E.g., “Child Centred Learning”, “Peer Based Learning”, etc. • How to be subversive towards the high school: o Mock the vote of student councils o Start a school club for freedom of speech o Launch you own newspaper or webzine or blog o Get involved in community • Dinesi disagrees: feels change through art is most effective; music, visual art, poetry, etc . Judith Rich Harris: Psychologist • Nature vs. nurture environment debate o Are youth naturally programed to be rebellious at that time or is it something about their surrounding environment that provokes the rebellion? •
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