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Get out your tie dye and black lights and move in with your boyfriend…

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

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Hippies and counterculture go hand in hand which is why it is seemingly perfect that by the time that the popular media discovered hippies and the lifestyle that they led, “the hippie lifestyle was already in decline”. (268) Everything that the hippie lifestyle represented was the result of their “rejection of everything that is commonly expected of the individual in regard to employment and life goals” (269) much to the chagrin of their parents. This was very ironic because the struggles that their own parents had endured to provide for their children and to allow their children have a perfect life resulted in alienation from their children and from the other parent is what inspired the hippie lifestyle; they wanted to be the complete opposite of what they had seen first hand as not working. Rock and roll and it’s attempt at cultural revolution, LSD and “experiments to find the humanity they were cheated out of by ersatz education” (260), and sexual experiments such as conducting “exercises in living” (266) by living with a boyfriend/girlfriend and premarital sex were also being used to reject societal norms. The most interesting tid bit that I saw was while many people rejected the “polished pebble” (238) of pop music by following groups such as the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane and their ability “merge politics and music” (243) they still paid attention to the Beatles opening up a religious revolution with their exploration of Buddhism. They also felt the need to dub “San Francisco the Liverpool of the west” (237) acknowledging the influence that Liverpool had on many of the pop groups that they claimed were only about making money.  It’s like all of those teenage boys that say they hate Justin Bieber but yet when my daughter was listening to a Justin Bieber song in her room the other day I could hear my son singing along with it down the hall. Even when you try to reject the norm, you still find yourself getting caught up in it.  (330)

 

The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing Revision:

Original: (run on sentence)

This was very ironic because the struggles that their own parents had endured to provide for their children and to allow their children have a perfect life resulted in alienation from their children and from the other parent is what inspired the hippie lifestyle; they wanted to be the complete opposite of what they had seen first hand as not working.

Correction:

This was very ironic.The struggles that their own parents had endured to provide for their children in order to allow their children have a perfect life resulted in alienation from their children and from the other parent. This is what inspired the hippie lifestyle; they wanted to be the complete opposite of what they had seen first hand as not working.

 

Discussion question:

Are there any groups of people since the hippies that might have inspired so many people the way the hippies did?