Pop Culture Among Teens

Tammyby Tammy Trail

I have to admit right from the start, the whole Pop Culture writing prompt was intimidating. I had no idea what it was, or if I should even care about it in the first place. I’m so out of the loop I had to ask my teens. I live with two smelly teen boys ages 16 and 18, and on occasion they include their equally smelly friends in my home. A few girls have now been included into the mix, and the hygiene has improved. Now my house smells a lot better.

From said teens, I have learned that Feminism has become an important movement again. Equal pay for a job done by both sexes should be the norm and not the exclusion. They see this through the lens of popular female musicians like Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and Rihanna, who have all broken barriers of a former culture of music to become icons in their own right. Young ladies are planning their futures, which schools to attend, picking a major, and how it all will effect their ability to produce an income. I tend to agree that if I put in the time and effort to be educated in a field that competes with my male counterpart, I sure would like the same pay as a man. After all debt, and the cost of living doesn’t discriminate between the sexes.

I know there are female gamers out there, but the boys seem to spend all free time in front of a gaming console, or computer. This past Christmas my husband and I spent a good deal of time in the attempt to locate a game for XBOX that one of the kids wanted. Everywhere we looked it had been sold out. They are serious about their games. And the games are evolving with better graphics, and more creative story lines. I must be getting old. I think they are just noisy. To top it all off, they can play games live, on the internet, and play against others. They have their own gaming lingo, and well…culture. Gosh, I think back to when I was their age–I was happy just to get my frog across the road before it got run over by a truck!

And then I asked them what they are reading. My favorite subject! Vampires are out. Zombies are in. Zombie Apocalypse is very popular. I did watch World War Z too. I confess I didn’t find it as entertaining as Downton Abbey. The kids liked it. Dystopian story lines such as the Hunger Games is high on the list too. I’m a bit nostalgic about some of the books I read as a teen. I made a list and my son, Sean, picked a couple to read to humor his old Mom. He read “Flowers for Algernon.” I loved seeing him so engrossed in the story he had a hard time putting the book down. He came to me one night and gave the book to me and said it was the saddest thing he had ever read. And it was unfair to have put Charlie through the experience in the first place. I agree.

Tomorrow there may be a whole new pop culture, and that’s OK. It will give me something to talk to my teens about.

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Writing prompt: Write a few sentences combining Downton Abbey and a zombie. 🙂

One thought on “Pop Culture Among Teens

  1. A Zombie Apocalypse no loss..
    I confess this I would dismiss,
    Nor have I watched Downtown Abbey because…
    the Hunger Games would be more on my list..

    Actually I would watch Downtown Abbey if I could only remember when
    A fan of Zombies? I have never been….

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