In 2011, William Deresiewicz contested in The New York Times that youth cultures of the past could be defined by two factors: The emotions which they assign the most value and their ideal social form. He used the boom of liberation in the late 1960s as an example, writing “for the hippies, the emotion was love: love-ins, free love, the Summer of Love, all you need is love.” For them, the ideal social form was utopia, “understood in collective terms: the commune, the music festival, the liberation movement.” Our generation, known…
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