Essay on comparing generations. Includes bibliography.

Essay by mlm3789College, UndergraduateA+, April 2004

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My parents are dorks. In the eyes of most teenagers their parents might not be coolest people, but back in their prime I'm sure they were something else. In just one generation so much has changed which many parents haven't caught on to yet. Not picking up on new trends and styles label them by their children as dorks, losers or whatever word happens to be hip at the time. The new trends and styles that have changed over the decades range anywhere from how teenagers express themselves to the change in music. Put frankly, our generations are different, but yet at the same time, alike.

One major change that has occurred over the past few decades is the style of music. The music of today is very diverse, but still has a style different than that of my parents. The lyrics of songs nowadays are completely different from the lyrics of songs that my parents listened to.

One of the most noticeable changes in lyrics is the use of profanity. The lyrics of today have many more cuss words in them. For instance, ABBA's song, "Dancing Queen" was very popular during the seventies. According to,

"...Friday night and the lights are low

Looking out for the place to go

Where they play the right music, getting in the swing

You come in to look for a King

Anybody could be that guy

Marino 2

Night is young and the music's high

With a bit of rock music, everything is fine

You're in the mood for a dance..." (

Lyrics of today's generation are very different. An example being Ice Cube's, "You Can Do It". According to,

"...We be clubbing till the day we die

Nigga ask the bartender if you think we lie

But if you think...