Midcentury Media and Turbulent Teens
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As the United States emerged from World War II, a new wave of fascination and fear characterized adults' thinking about youth. During the war and in the years immediately following, the issue of juvenile delinquency gained attention. Adults were getting more used to hearing it, and to seeing the teenage reaction to it. The screaming and crazy dancing did not seem as threatening anymore; the teen fascination with this music was starting to seem like just a phase that young people went through, nothing more. Comic books were not new in the 1950s; they had their origins in the comic strips that began to appear in newspapers in the 1890s. Comic books caught the attention of some adults when their content became more violent, gory, and sexual. Rock & roll and comics in 1950s were interesting in the way that they were closely associated with youth culture that emerged in that era, with its distinctive styles, language, activities, and music.