This isn’t the film, but it’s a “teaser”:

This film-in-progress was referenced in an Op-Doc in the New York Times called The Role of Youth. In that piece, the video filmmaker says:

This video [embedded above and sourced below] draws on ideas and material from a larger film we are making called “Teenage.” That project examines the history of youth and shows how teenagers, as we know them today, were born.

Throughout history, adults have tried to control youth because they represent the future. Young people often fight back, trying to create their own world that is separate from their parents. At the end of World War II they were finally given a name: “teen-agers,” an ideal of young people as consumers. That model for youth spread around the world, and still exists today.

Interesting. I’ll be really interested to watch the actual documentary.

I wonder, though this might be premature, if teenage perception of adults “trying to control youth” has less to do with “control” and more to do with the unappreciated application of wisdom because adults ARE the future in the present, while teenagers only hope for the future in the future, which is obviously not realized. But when it is realized, there will be another set of “young people” who will be frustrated with the present adults, who used to be teenagers, because the future, you guessed it… is in jeopardy again, and needs to be better represented by the younger generation, who will always feel threatened that adults will never understand them, when in reality they do because they once were “a young person.”

Fascinating cycle, isn’t it? I wonder when we can get off the blame train and get some real work done!

HT Fuller Youth Institute
via New York Times
source Teenage Film
source Vimeo


  1. Don’t be too quick at the blame game. Who is responsible for the conduct of teens? Does it not have quit a bit to do with what the teens are watching the adults doing? Think about it!

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