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The “Teen-aging” of Modern Culture
by Marcel Danesi

In Forever Young, University of Toronto professor Marcel Danesi aims to expose our society’s view of adolescence and its associated “problems” as an artificial construct perpetuated by a media-driven culture. This is worsened, Danesi argues, by a tendency to blur the lines between adolescence and adulthood through the worship of all things youthful – what he calls the “forever young syndrome.” The image of an aging hippie that Danesi witnessed at a 1994 Grateful Dead concert is the book’s leitmotif for our culture’s pathetic obsession with recapturing lost youth.  Read more…