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Friday, June 15, 2007

Being a teen in LA

I grew up in LA. I was from a wealthy family, and even way back then, there was a serious divide between the rich and the poor. But the divide has gotten even crazier as the pathetic icons of teen girls, Lindsey, Paris, Nicole, and Britney have shifted the haves into a gear so high that the have nots couldn't ever hope to catch up. Not that they need to, or should even want to. But hell, what have we shown our teenagers? What kind of sick lifestyle are we presenting to them? This film was made for the NY Times. It's fairly distressing if you're not a big fan of consumerism. However, it needs to be watched by every mom of a teen. Or an about to be teen. Because no matter where you live, the pressure teens experience to be one with the celebrities is always there.

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Blogger The Mistress of the Dark said...

I think its horrible that young girls are looking up to this 90lb sick drunk, druggies that don't have a shred of talent shy of sextapes and reality shows.

I'm glad I don't have children, because I think I'd lock my kids in a closet to save them from some of the stuff out there. As it is..the media has distorted most of my generation's idea of what is beautiful and it's only getting worse.

~sigh~

Sorry I go on a soapbox...I just came to say hi...from Michele's.

16/6/07 7:19 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

I've had my share of problems with my teens, but I'm happy that they have never been sucked in by consumerism and peer pressure. I'm proud of their strong individualism. (They are in their twenties now). And 58 degrees in June? I'm freezing down here in New Zealand, but it's close to that here, and it's winter! (Well, it's around 50, anyway).
Michele sent me.

16/6/07 9:39 PM  

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