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Teen Culture Update: November 2019

Disney+, detachment from technology, and meme culture are just a few of the things dominating teen culture this month. Now that Thanksgiving has ended and Christmas is just around the corner — not to mention a new year and...

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The Rise of “OK Boomer” and How to Break the Generational Gap

The slogan “OK Boomer” is making a rise among Generation Z. Whether it is on the front of shirts and sweatshirts, in songs, or being used as a hashtag, Generation Z is making their voice heard while mocking the...

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The Evolution of Harry Styles: From Boy Band to Boundary Breaker

Harry Styles is having a moment. Well, more like a decade.  From his days debuting with the boy band One Direction to his current endeavors as a one-man pop star, Harry Styles has spent the last ten years making...

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The Addictive Nature of YouTube

Believe it or not, Facebook was out the minute you made an account. Instagram lost momentum when the impulse to filter and curate rather than share honestly became the norm, and Snapchat started losing steam a while ago, especially...

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Teen Culture Update: October 2019

As I sit down to write this blog on the morning of Halloween, looking back at the month of October in teen culture feels like a bit of a whirlwind. F FALL FASHION To start us off, I’ll share...

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Dystopian Societies, LGBTQ Characters, and Race Divides: Popular Trends in Today’s YA Fiction

When I was 16, you couldn’t keep me out of the library. I know … typical teen experience, right? Haha. I was a TOTAL NERD. Happily, I still find myself loving the long walk up and down every aisle...

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BTS and the K-Pop Phenomena

“Are those girls?”  “Do you even understand what they are saying?”  “They all look the same!”  “Oh my gosh, like North Korea?”   As a K-pop fan of 10+ years, these questions used to absolutely infuriate and discourage me. My...

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Teen Culture Update: September 2019

Social Concerns What happens when a young Swedish girl speaks out about climate change in 2019? Well, a lot of things. We’ve mentioned Greta Thunberg’s activism on this blog before, back when she made her first speech. Ever since...

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Equipping Teens to Confront Racism with the Gospel

It’s time that the Church stepped into the conversation around race.  And when I say Church, I don’t just mean the institutional Church, with its bishops and priests and parishes — though they certainly need to be (and already...

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