The Atlantic: The Apocalypse of Adolescence

An article from The Atlantic called “The Apocalypse of Adolescence” blames pop culture products such American Beauty for turning normally non-rebellious teens into cold-blooded killers.

This spring one of two Vermont teenagers charged with the knifing murder of two Dartmouth College professors will go on trial. The case offers entry to a disturbing subject — acts of lethal violence committed by “ordinary” teenagers from “ordinary” communities, teenagers who have become detached from civic life, saturated by the mythic violent imagery of popular culture, and consumed by the dictates of some private murderous fantasy.

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