Share the Pop Culture
September 26, 2013
At the Parkville Branch, our amazing display person, Marissa, put up an 80s Books, Movies, and Music display. The staff soon reminisced about their childhoods: big hair, Cabbage Patch Dolls, Jem, and The Smurfs. Jeanne, a wonderful page, told us that she watched The Breakfast Club, an 80s teen classic, with her teenage kids. She mentioned how she'd forgotten about some of the language and her kids told her, "It's okay, mom." It was great that they could talk about the movie, and she could tell them about pop culture in her teen years.
I turned 30 on Aug. 31, and I've been thinking about how different it was being a tween and teen in the 90s compared to today. I had a My Little Pony lunchbox and big bangs in elementary school. I had a poster of Jonathan Taylor Thomas on my wall, and Beanie Babies on my dresser. I remember learning how to use an actual card catalog: it was one of the lessons in our English textbook. Now, kids have virtual pets, use tablets instead of textbooks, and don't know what an encyclopedia is. Students today have information more readily available than ever before, but doesn't every generation say that?
In a world where the newest electronic device is out-of-date almost as soon as it hits the shelves, Jeanne took a step back with her kids and showed them what pop culture meant for her as a teenager. All the Wikipedia articles can't replace telling your kids your own personal experiences. So, share your own coming of age books like Are You There God? It's Me Margaret and The Baby-Sitter's Club. Maybe, your first crush was Mike Seaver from Growing Pains or Blair from The Facts of Life. Whatever your experience, share it with your family and friends, you'll probably get some great stories in return. These books and television shows may be "old," but they're never out of date.