American Youth Essay

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America’s Youth
Lisa Cook
University of Phoenix
COMM/215
April 22, 2008

I. Introduction
With Youth exposed to so much in society, struggles have merely been the biggest concern of youth today. Reclaiming children and youth from negativity we perceive to be normal have worked for some but not all. Youth are exposed too much in today’s world. Gangs, suicide, adolescent sex, harmful video games, negative music; have been the biggest influence on youth today. Youth mentorship programs, community programs and learning centers have been placed around the world to steer the youth of today from the negative popular cultural influences. Thesis: Helping America’s youth; implementing a sound structure change will be beneficial to today’s youth in the future. II. Socioeconomics and disadvantages of the popular youth culture has been a widespread concern with the youth of today. Pin pointing the areas of concern will narrow the growing problems in youth today. A. Influences and Concerns of Youth Culture 1) Claim: The culture war is not just phony, but reactionary. It commodifies powerless groups to project a fearsome image of constantly escalating menace, suppresses discussion or real social inequalities (Males, 2003). Support: Despite adult attitudes both positive and negative about youth culture, we know we must have a working knowledge of this culture that engulfs our young people’s lives. Youth popular culture is simply defined as that which is “in,” contemporary, and has the stamp of approval of young people (Harper, 2000). 2) Claim: The problem isn’t just about what our children see and watch but how we as parents monitor what he or she is exposed to. The bigger problem is that we deny responsibility ourselves. Support: American youth do suffer real threats. Fourteen million kids grow up abject...
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