Back in the Good Old DaysTuesday, December 01, 2009 By Claire Aubin
Normal 0 0 1 271 1548 12 3 1901 11.1282 0 0 0 Nowadays, everyone believes teenagers are growing up too fast. At ACMA, it seems to be exactly the opposite. When an adult over the age of fifty acts in a childish way or suddenly becomes re-interested in activities they participated in during their childhood, they are said to be a having a midlife crisis; when a teenager acts this way, they are just said to be immature. If one asks most kids at school what their favorite Pokemon is,the swift answer probably pertains to Pikachu or Squirtle. Attempt this at a mainstream high school, and one would probably get some strange looks and be branded “weird”. Websites like “My Life Is Average” are becoming increasingly popular, despite the somewhat childish connotations of many of stories these sites present. Talk of Sesame Street, Power Rangers, dinosaurs, and Harry Potter is growing in the hallways, while shirts from popular childhood cartoons are popping up on the bodies of students in all grades. Whether this means that students are simply revisiting memories from their youth, or that the students refuse to leave the past behind is up to the viewer of the trend. Everyone knows that now, more than ever, teenagers are constantly being bombarded with images of sex, drugs, and rock and roll; so could all of the perceived immaturity just be our school’s defense against the onslaught of negative ideals that the media forces upon us? That could be the reason, or it could be only that we just do not find the mainstream’s idea of “growing up” to apply. Either way, it does not look like ACMA’s population will be giving up its love for Cartoon Network and animated Disney movies any time soon. This is not necessarily a bad thing though, as many of the things that others may see as a refusal to mature are just ways for us all to remain happy, something that Elmo, Nemo, and Harry Potter would definitely endorse.