Counterculture and American Society

Spann, “Counterculture”

What is the author’s position on the reality of the generation gap between 60s youth and their parents?

What were the signs or behaviors did those who rebelled exhibit or express?

What were the origins or influencing factors behind the counterculture?

What purpose did drug use provide youth in the 60s?

How did hippies views and goals differ from the more politically-minded and active youth?

Why was Haight Ashbury and the SF Bay area the center of hippiedom? How did it change by the early 79s?

According to the author, what was the impact or legacy—good and bad--of the hippies or counterculture?


Ozersky, “The Demographic Imperative: Culture and Counterculture, 1969-1970”

What factors shaped or encouraged TV networks to increasingly focus on youth?

Why did Smothers Brothers at first seem to balance the concerns of youth and the older conservative audience?

Why did Smothers Brothers’ shows changed in 2nd and 3rd seasons and why did they face attacks from network?

Why did Laugh-In appear to appeal to counterculture but not generated the same negative reaction”

How did the introduction of demographic marketing which offered more precise ratings of specific age groups affect programming by end of 60s?

How did politics affect networks and their programming?


Comic Book Nation, Ch. 8

How did themes or topics of Comic Books change in late 60s?

How did superheroes like Spiderman and Batman handle and view the increasing political and social divisions (politics, race, Vietnam War, etc) that became part of late 60s comic books?