“The idea of being bored and reckless in a white-picket-fenced small town setting is something that has fascinated teen-directed media for a while. Yet, it’s more than an idea – it’s an aesthetic, or a sequence of visuals that has turned feelings of teenage angst into an unattainable “perfect” version of youth. Think: blue-toned bedroom-situated clutter, clueless adults, sexually driven regret, getting drunk for the first time, riding through the streets on an old bike. It’s the concept of raging against the machine of the ideals created by a conservative generation before our own – a generation whom once manifested all it’s energy into keeping alive the Christian, middle-class, perfectly domestic American dream.”
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originally published on SPEAKER TV.