Inspired: Teenagers on Tumblr
When I was in high school I was a big fan of making collages for my folders, I would spend hours cutting images out of fashion and art magazines, printing off rad stuff I saw (I’ll admit around the age of 16 it was mainly images of The Strokes) on the internet.
Now I have a 14 year old sister, and in her 3rd year of high school she and everyone in her grade have received their own laptop. It is a new age, kids all know more about the internet and its endlessness than every single IT guy at your work put together.
So what does this mean for us, well in literary terms it means you will learn more new adjectives for friend (aka slut, bitch and hoe) than ever before, you will learn new terms of endearment before they reach sitcoms, and the term “the awkward moment” will make you flinch at the possibility of what scenario is about to be painted after it. These things aren’t necessarily great; some are just bringing up flashes of the great film Mean Girls when Tina Fey delivers the line “You have all got to stop calling each other sluts and whore. It only makes it okay for guys to call you sluts and whores.”
There is one thing though that makes me smile, and that is what teenagers have brought us visually thanks to the internet. Sure there is a whole heap of shit out there, and sure some kids should have a book thrust in their hand and kept far away from all forms of social networking. But for the select few out there, I tip my nostalgic hat to you. Gone are the days of cutting out images after image. Now I wholeheartedly embrace electronic collages aka Tumblr and all its kind.
So here are a couple of Tumblrs run by real little gremlins (aka teenagers) that are worth a peek, because looking at pretty things just makes us all happy.
So take a little time out to see what the new generation are interested in.