Re: virus: alienated youth

Casey Maniscalco (
Fri, 30 Apr 1999 13:27:21 -0400 (EDT)


which Ministry song are you speaking of??? I'm also a fan of that wonderfully anarchistic band. :)

Aside from that, I have to comment that the youth of today (I'm 29) is no different than that of my generation. While we continue to hear of white kids shooting each other, it was just a few years ago that we (the viewing audience) were inundated with newsclips of black kids killing each other with drive-by gang shootings in ghettos around the country. The only difference being that these two white kids killed 13 people during the Littleton massacre, AND were from a nice middle class community in Colorado. Well, I guess that must mean that the country is going to hell. Oh well (sarcasm).

What we should be drawing our attention to is this-Kids, nowadays, are the product of a society driven by fierce competition. And if you don't fit into the model of this type of society, whether its in sports or academics, then you're bound to feel dejection, sorrow, even anger. Look at what the US has to offer: Michael Jordan - multi-millionaire b-ball player, Bill Gates - power-hungry software developer, and Bill Clinton - a man of compromised principles and morality, just to name a few. While as a learned adult, I understand the drive to succeed and what you need to do in order to keep life sane and happy. But, a teen has to feel an extreme amount of pressure to try to live up to their parents ideals and aspirations for their children.

And we ask ourselves why do these teenagers do this??? Get a clue USAyou' re creating these kids, undersupervising them, and expect them to come out as clean and nice as we are. What we need to do is stop blaming the media, games, or the internet. Kids, nowadays, come home to empty houses, are told what not to do (read into this-a lack of encouragement), and when the family does get together everyone seems to do their own thing-never attending to each other for help or support.

Well, I've gotten that off my chest....and hello to everyone out there - esp. Sodom. Hey there bud!


On Thu, 29 Apr 1999, KMO wrote:

> Lordy, if you didn't just step right out of a song by Ministry...
> Guess I'm givin' my age away by admitting knowledge of music as old as
> that.
> -KMO
> Richard Aynesworthy wrote:
> > ...I hereby declare myself the resident angry young man.
> >
> > ...the cereal box version is that the anger results from an inability
> > to effect tangible effects on the world around you. Anger and
> > violence have effects, tangible ones. Effects that last.
> >'s not for attention, it's for confirmation of reality.
> >
> > psypher
> >
> > >
> > > Any answers for Roni from the Virus crew?
> > >
> > > -------- Original Message --------
> > > Date: Thu, 29 Apr 1999 11:49:48 -0700
> > > From: "Chapman, Rhonda" <RChapman@ESD.WA.GOV>
> > > To: "''" <>
> > >
> > > Hi KMO -
> > >
> > > I've wondered for a long time and I'm curious if you have any
> > > answers. A
> > > close friend of mine has a 15 year-old son who didn't come home last
> > > night.
> > > Of course, she is frantic, depressed, frustrated, and confused.
> > > They actually have what I would call a good relationship. He's a
> > > terrific kid
> > > for the most part. I really like him.
> > >
> > > I'm sure some of what he feels is boredom and frustration. She
> > > says he is
> > > also very angry. That's what I just don't get. Why are so many
> > > kids so angry? What is society doing to them? The problem seems
> > > too wide spread to
> > > be anything other than some form of general social breakdown.
> > >
> > > You seem very in touch with this stuff. 'Wondered if you have some
> > > thoughts. We can't "fix" it if we can't understand the cause.
> > > Somehow I
> > > don't think this will get better if left alone.
> > >
> > > Thanks, R
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