Nick Gillespie on a Century of Youth Icons, From Flappers to Hipsters


Mental Floss

If youth is wasted on the young (and it is!), it's also a constant source of desire and anxiety in American society. There's virtually no social panic or cultural love affair like the ones about the kids these days, whether it's fear of fawning over flappers; hating on or hailing hippies; or freaking out or rhapsodizing over ravers. Millennials and even-younger kids are dismissed as a narcissistic "Generation Selfie" that is dangerously self-obsessed. At least when they are not being praised as independent and individualistic. Nick Gillespie takes you on a  quick tour of a century's worth of mesmerizing, terrifying, cringe-inducing youth icons.