This week’s cover: Christine Keeler the 19 year-old “honey pot” at the center of Britain’s biggest Cold War controversy - The Profumo scandal” which brought down the United Kingdom’s war secretary in the 1960s.
Teens tells adults how Facebook is “drama central.” [via pew pdf]
Adults asked a bunch teens how they Internet. Here, a 15-year-old female tries to explain the appeal of tumblr. [via pew pdf]
Harry Styles and Taylor Swift try and do the ‘Dirty Dancing’ lift!
How are we feeling about the Harry/Taylor thing, followers?
“So, what’s your big move?”
SHE IS LIVING IN A DREAM.
This is not actually Taylor Swift. It’s a random blond. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.
Not according to the premier chronicle of all things teen, Teen.com, which we trust and follow blindly and wholeheartedly.
Here’s a quick taste of what you’ll get in the first few minutes of MTV’s new teen drama, Skins: Masturbation. Porn. References to “girl-on-girl.” Parties, vomit, and a whole lot of prescription drugs. The plot of the first episode? Figure out how to get Stanley, a quirky, shy 16-year-old who’s in love with his best friend’s girlfriend, laid before his 17th birthday. How to do it? “We go to a party and get some girl’recaucusly spliffed,” his friend tells him. “In her confused state, she comes to believe—momentarily, of course—that you’re attractive. And then she bangs your brains out.”
In which NEWSWEEK asks, Is Skins the Most Dangerous Show on TV? (Photo courtesy MTV)
In his new book, Dr. Joe Allen has concluded that our urge to protect teenagers from real life – because we don’t think they’re ready yet – has tragically backfired. By insulating them from adult-like work, adult social relationships, and adult consequences, we have only delayed their development. We have made it harder for them to grow up. Maybe even made it impossible to grow up on time.
Basically, we long ago decided that teens ought to be in school, not in the labor force. Education was their future. But the structure of schools is endlessly repetitive. “From a Martian’s perspective, high schools look virtually the same as sixth grade,” said Allen. “There’s no recognition, in the structure of school, that these are very different people with different capabilities.” Strapped to desks for 13+ years, school becomes both incredibly montonous, artificial, and cookie-cutter.