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Dr. Spock and the Culture of Permissiveness

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Communications 150 April 13, 1999 Announcements: Lecture Notes: I. Dr. Spock and the Culture of Permissiveness After the war, America looked at child raising practices differently Pre WWII: o Depression era, no child labor laws o Children were raised like little adults and were forced to help their parents achieve economic stability Post WWII: o People had more disposable income o Children could have an extended childhood o A new culture of permissiveness came about: parents indulged their kids so they could enjoy their childhood o Increased college enrollment Federal agencies were formed to advise parents on child raising Gave rise to a culture of therapeutic child raising o Example: In On the Waterfront , Father Beri was the agent of Terry's reform This new rise of culture was paralleled by declining movie audiences B filmmakers discovered a youth audience and made exploitation films which turned out to be very profitable o Example: Rebel Without a Cause Government leaders, like Spiro Agnew, opposed Spock's beliefs saying that children were becoming spoiled "rebels" and that they didn't respect their entry into adulthood II. The Alienated College Grad of the 60s: The Graduate (1967) The film caricatures the counter-culture movement in a very narrow context An upper middle class man has all the material objects he needs, but he doesn't know what he wants out of life
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For Ben's 21st birthday, his parents give him scuba gear o When he jumps in the pool, it suggests a feeling of drowning or claustrophobia At his graduation party, one man suggests that Ben go into the plastics industry o Emphasizes the plasticity of his parents' existence The film was influenced by several experimental techniques which violate the film's invisibility o Jump cuts o Long takes with a hand-held camera A. Non-Realist Montage o Montage compresses or expands time o One scenes starts with Ben in his bedroom at his parents' house
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