The Bay Area Response

The Bay Area Response - known they became more commercial...

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Go to the appropriate thread in our course's discussion board by clicking on the title link above. Once there, make an entry (a minimum of a couple of "meaty" paragraphs) about your impressions from what you've learned about the Countercultures so far. Why do you think (some) people joined. Would you have been tempted to join? Why or why not? As discussed in earlier lectures, the rise of the 60s counterculture was a reaction to the very conservative nature of society in the 50s. As young middle and upper class Americans became dissatisfied with their lives of relative prosperity, they rebelled in large numbers, often moving west to San Francisco, specifically the Haight-Ashbury area; the center of the emerging hippie subculture. As San Francisco became known as a community tolerant of communism, homosexuality, and other alternative lifestyles/viewpoints young people moved there in ever increasing numbers. Unfortunately as San Francisco (and other centers of the subculture) became more widely
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Unformatted text preview: known they became more commercial and superficial, as tourists flocked to the areas to view the hippies and other residents. The thing I admire most about the counterculture is that it seems to be a community of individuals; there was a great emphasis on being a part of a community, however there was little pressure to conform to anyones beliefs as long as you respected that the group was about. I would have loved to have joined in on the counterculture of the 60s, however Im not sure that I would have been able to make such a dramatic leap from the ordered, conservative upbringing I would have experienced to the free-wheeling, individualistic attitude of the counterculture. Today, even without the cookie-cutter life of the 50s, I still think its pretty tough to drop out and join the counterculture because the expectations of society to grow up, get a job, have a family, ect. are so strong....
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2010 for the course HIST 095 taught by Professor J.moore during the Summer '09 term at Vermont.

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