Although some generational differences have existed throughout history, modern generational gaps have often been attributed to rapid cultural change in the postmodern period ·Culture is not merely an accumulation of works and knowledge which an élite produces, collates and conserves in order to place it within reach of all, or that a people rich in its ·past and its heritage offers to others as a model which their ·own history has failed to provide for them …
Culture is not ·limited to access to works of art and the humanities ; it is at ·one and the same time the acquisition of knowledge, the ·Culture is the name for what people are interested in, their thoughts, their models, the books they read and the speeches they hear, their table-talk, gossip, controversies, historical sense and scientific training, the values they appreciate, the quality of life they admire. All communities have a culture. It is the climate of their civilization.
·Today, teenagers spend more time in front of media than they do sleeping. Between Internet, facebook, cell phones, television and music, the teens are almost always plugged into the media. Media has significant influence over the formation of youth culture.
The media culture is dangerous because it provides adults with a way to communicate to youth without permission slips or chaperones. The media culture is not interested in raising young people in virtue and character. Rather, the media exploits youth in order to make money at the expense of their moral character. To see an excellent documentary on how the media exploits youth culture, see the PBS Frontline documentary, Merchant’s of Cool.