Term Paper: Subculture and Today's Youth

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Internet Teen Subculture



The objective of this work is to research via an Internet search engine the subject of 'subculture' these concepts are at play in sites available through this research engine. This work seeks to answer the question of "What kind of "subculture" did the perpetrators of the Columbine shootings belong to?" Finally, this work will describe the information found on the internet about these and similar teen subcultures.

This study chose to research on the Google search engine available online at: www.google.com.It is extremely interesting when one conducts a search with the key phrases of "teen subculture" and "teen subculture, Columbine" to note several very distinct subjects displayed in the results are those of: (1) gothic; (2) satan-worshippers; (3) violence; and (4) music. Revealed upon deeper research has much to say about the state of affairs in today's home, communities and schools.


In the work entitled: "Mistaken Identity: These Are Dark Days for Goths, Who Say it's Wrong to Tie Them to School Violence" published in the October 14, 2004 issue of the Boston Globe it is stated that: "Subcultures like Goth are easy targets, instead of addressing the real reasons, like overworked teachers and lack of guidance and good parenting as the root cause of violence in school among adolescents...that's what we need to look at, the more serious root causes [of school violence] (Sweeney, 2004). The Boston Globe article continues by stating that: "Experts tend to agree. Goths are no more likely to lash out than any other group, according to Daniel J. Monti, a sociology professor at Boston University." (Sweeney, 2004)


However, the writings of Eric Harris, one of the perpetrators at the Columbine school reveal something very dark and sinister. In Eric's diary, he begins by stating: "If you recall your history...the Nazis came up with a 'final solution' to the Jewish problem: Kill them all. Well in case you haven't figured it out yet, I say 'Kill mankind.' No one should survive." (Cullen, 1999) the report goes on to relate that Eric fantasized about many areas but settled on Columbine school with the intent to kill all of the school's occupants that day and left behind Eric was a paper trail on his computer and in his diary. Eric wrote: "After I mow down a whole area full of you snotty ass rich mother-*****er high strung God-like-attitude-having worthless pieces of ***** whores, I don't care if I live or die..." (Cullen, 1999) Harris was also noted to hate: (1) fitness nuts; (2) Star Wars fans; (3) slow drivers in the fast lane." (Cullen, 1999) an investigator said that while this is "typical teenage" behavior, Eric went much further and "acted on this indiscriminate hate." (Cullen, 1999) the writer of this work reflects at this point in the research that while previous generations of teens upset parents and schools through listening to the revolutionary music of the Beatles and different illicit drugs have come and gone from use, the acts of Eric Harris and the other perpetrators far surpassed mere teenage rebellion. From all appearances, Eric Harris and his young friends had a deep-seated hate for everything and everyone around them and in the process became loose cannons that did go off and tragically so. At this juncture of… [END OF PREVIEW]

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