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The Generation Gap started to emerge through political, historical and sociological events during the 1950's through to the 70's.

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The Generation Gap started to emerge through political, historical and sociological events during the 1950's through to the 70's. Such events like the Vietnam War in the US is what caused children to become more self-independent, trying to find their own imparticular identity and basically wanting to behave differently to what their parents approved. This politically stimulated phase in the 50's ultimately ended up a typically normal way of life for an adolescent in the 60's and 70's. With the revolutionary attitude that the children had in the 50's, it didn't provide the soon to be children in the 60's and 70's a solid platform to be brought up on. Many films and songs have written about the youth culture and generation gap to remind us of these sociological transforations. The youth of the 50's or the "Boomer Generation" was built-up through traditional values of their parents. In most homes there was fixed housewife whose foremost function was to dedicate their time to their children whether that be social, spiritual or economic. Parents were there to nurture their children and lead them to success. Parents were very conventional because of the growing threat of communism. ...read more.

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Obviously Lola is demonstration her desire as a youth of the 50's to seek her own identity and live her own life also brownie expresses to Lola, "I want the travel the world and be free". Certain musicians have written songs about the emerging generation gap a classic example of this is, "Yakety Yak" written by Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller and sung by the Coasters in 1958. This song focus on how sociological life worked between children and parents. The words second verse "Get all that garbage out of sight or you don't go out Friday night yakety yack (don't talk back)," and the last verse "Just tell your hoodlum friend outside you ain't got time to take a ride yakety yack (don't talk back)". This is clear evidence that the parents are trying to influence their children to take care of responsibilities before they can do what they like i.e. express themselves. "Yakety yak (don't come back)" here is the lack of communication between the parents and children which furthermore lead to the generation gap. The concept of youth culture set by the teenage generation in the 50's turned into a way of life for the youth of the 60's and 70's. ...read more.

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then the father tries to start a conversation about school but he was left with one word answers. There is something wrong with this, the father cant even have a normal conversation with his own son, its like they are both strangers. Also Affairs were more common as sex was turning into be a socially acceptable obsession. As we saw in the movie 'The Delinquence' Brownies parents seemed to stay together even though they didn't like each other where as in 'The Ice Storm' the parents just had affairs and the children had no idea of this even though it was quite obvious when the kids saw their father at his 'friends' house for no particular reason. I guess it just never crossed the children's minds that their parents would do such a thing. The political, sociological and historical events in the 1950's, 60's and 70's led to transformations in the youth culture and the generation gap. War in the US is what caused children to become more self-independent in the 50's. With this attitude it didn't provide the soon to be children in the 60's and 70's a solid platform to be brought up on thus giving us the generation gab. ...read more.

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