Sunday, May 8, 2016

Review of "Teensville USA," edited by Lawrence Lariar

Review of

Teensville USA, edited by Lawrence Lariar

 First published in the late 1950’s, this book of cartoons about teenagers is very dated. If they were to read it, modern young people would find it largely incomprehensible. Other than the historically knowledgable, the only group that will understand the content are those now aged people that were in their teen years at that time.
 The theme of the cartoons is that there is a “generation gap,” where the parents and teens possess limited mutual understanding. Demonstrating that the latest iteration of the lack of mutual understanding between parents and their teen children is exactly that, an iteration, not a new phenomenon. For that reason, this book has historical and cultural relevance.

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