Rebelling Against Conformity (The Culture and Critics of Suburbia…
Rebelling Against Conformity
Describe life in the 1950s for average Amercians
Socially expected ways VS rebellion against society
Little Boxes is probably talking about how everyone follow each other
I think the songwriter thinks that everyone just follows what everyone does and don't have their own thoughts.
A Changing Nation
Baby Boom: population increased by 29 million births (1946)
Due to: cars and highways
Jet Engine: made travel easier and faster
The Culture and Critics of Suburbia
By 1960, a third of all Americans were living in suburbia.
During 1950s suburbs grew twice as fast
In the clip, most of the things were all the same but different colors.
Was the very first suburb in Long Island, New York
"The American Dream"
150 houses per week
Sociologist David Riesman attacked suburbs for creating a culture of conformity
Is it wrong to "conform" to culture?
I think it is wrong to conform to culture because then you aren't your own person and can live a life. It would be hard to be yourself if you conform to culture.
Critics of Televison
Many people grew critical of the television even though it brought "high culture," works of art, such as plays and concerts into US homes.
Many called the TV as an "idiot box"
Other worried about the TV's isolating effects.
New Products: dishwasher; washing machine; TV
Advertising and Marketing: increase due to T.V.
T.V. also increased new lines of fashion
Things that aren't main stream or rebellion