dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The unzipping effect.....

The reason for the alarmism and demonization of young people that seems endemic in the four-panel cosmos has, of course, a simple-enough cause: the parents all mourn the permanent disappearance of the happy little children who used to hang on their every word. Scott and Borgman highlighted this anxiety in one of their surrealistic Sunday strips; what had happened is that Connie unzipped the surly teenager she fears and retrieves the smiling little boy Jeremy used to be. I do sympathize with the longing that people in that position feel but temper that with a certain level of awareness that they seem to lack; since they all seem to have forgotten their own pasts, they seem to be constantly irritated by the reminder that they too once thought that their parents were totally uncool, dedicated to crushing their freedom and thus not worth communicating with. If history teaches us anything, it's that the Walt and Connies of the world only ever get to realize things like this when they're in their sixties and having to endure angry commentary from the Jeremies of the world about how their children need either military school or exorcism. It really makes one appreciate "Arlo and Janis"; Johnson is fairly laid-back so doesn't feel as strong a need to contrast the innocence of childhood with the corruption and evil of the teenaged world.
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