The name on everyone’s lips currently is “Gen Z”. Perhaps the most defined, most marketed, and most exposed generation in human history, everyone wants a piece of us (word to Britney). When social media replaced television as the primary form of youth media, it quickly eroded the lines between the different media-consuming societies. Now, wherever we go, the rest of the world follows — from our exit from Facebook to Instagram as a teen, our relationship with Snapchat as a teen, and our domination of TikTok as young adults.
But the “we” in question is difficult to define. Many trends and stock phrases attributed to Generation Z are recycled from the creations and phenomena of other cultures, and AAVE in particular. Generation Z absorbs it all, then nauseatingly repeats it across the web; Millennials are getting close to him, and companies are following him into it. Such is the circle of digital life.
The companies involved include those that lead the entertainment industry, of course. This year has seen many entertaining attempts to be the definitive dater of Generation Z (while making money doing it) – think recent movies like Bodies Bodies and Bodies And the Not okayTV show high heartbreakand the newly released Netflix movie take revenge. And one of the basic Trojans that they all use, in their attempts to express their admiration to their target audience, is language. Talking like Generation Z means getting a Generation Z, or so people who spend money on teens and twenty-something media think.
To understand youth culture and language, aspiring Generation Z scholars often rely on the holy trinity of modern media consumption, the Three Ts: Twitter, TikTok, and Tumblr. Bodies Bodies and Bodies tractor He staked his claim as a Gen Z™ tale by unleashing a series of quick truncations between phrases full of buzzwords taken from social media rhetoric: “You always make me mad,” “You make me so mad,” “You’re so toxic,” and “You silence me.”
All these buzzwords have gone some serious miles on three points. Although based on mental health terminology, it is almost always used in situations unrelated to mental illness – trigger warnings and misogynistic behavior are easily invoked for excessive and intense impact.
At least, movies that borrow these phrases realize themselves for their somewhat illegitimate use of meaningless. Bodies Bodies and Bodies It suggests that one character is mocking an arrogant accusation, and in response the defendant has taken the term off the internet and propagated it meaninglessly.
Bodies Bodies and Bodies It’s not the only film that focuses on this kind of language in its interpretation or critique of Generation Z. The trend of forcing these social media-related phrases into the mouths of characters specifically staring at me while watching take revenge, perhaps more than ever. The film has an admirable goal of framing itself as 2020’s answer to the grotesque and astounding teen comedies of the past, those with eminently quotable scripts like Heathers And the ignorant. But despite making reference after, after reference for these movies, take revenge He focuses too much on the act of “saying” rather than the “doing” itself. She positions herself in relation to these iconic films, rather than making herself one, with dialogue largely to blame.
A very essential – and underestimated – part of what makes a teen classic take revenge It is worthy of reference identifier Adolescent culture in their time. They created and contributed to it rather than elevated it entirely, and redefined how viewers speak rather than the other way around.
satirical movie like Heathers It lasts largely due to the unique, incredibly quotable grammatical dialogue. (We’re not going to talk about the awful, short-lived TV reboot.) The movie’s iconic lines are still reprinted every year, largely via recycled 2012-era Tumblr screenshots. I don’t think there’s anyone arguing “to what extent”, “fuck me gently with a chainsaw”, and “What’s the harm done to you?” Teenage language was popular at that time Heathers1988 edition. But if you hear any of these lines now, you’ll immediately think of a very dark sense of humor. Heathers, vice versa. Given that my generation was not alive at the time, they also determine our impression of teenagers at that time.
while, ignorant I grew up ‘as if’ in the LGBTQ community – and there’s more conversation to be popularized throughout the film – but it wasn’t part of the popular lexicon until the movie’s release in 1995. Now, it’s remembered as a classic piece from the ’90s lexicon. when you think of ignorantThink Alicia Silverstone’s outfits and Stacy Dash’s iconic plaid outfits, sure –take revenge sure I did – but you’ll probably hear the above quote while imagining it. I’ve never owned a plaid skirt suit, but I’ve posted “As If” more times than I can count. Fashion has shaped the scene, but it is the language of films that has permeated through decades of youth culture in a very imitated way.
Both films posted these phrases so casually that they stuck more. They were such unique interpretations of teenage speech that real-life teens – to this day – want to emulate the feelings and vocabulary of those films. They were creative and brought something new to the lexicon of young people.
The serious attempt to include a line that will affect children is a thing in 2005 I mean girls, another member of the teenage law, mocked it, with meta-invention/trying to promote “fetch”. Unlike “fetch” in a file I mean girls universe, the collective adoption of this teenage cinematic vocabulary was organic, unlike designed algorithms Viral moment” From Is revenge Biggest quote: “The high school peak is swinging anyway.” Give me 10 minutes, and I’ll find that exact feeling expressed by 20 different guys in one of the three points.
What is so frustrating when take revenge Focused on “The Verb” – as with its brilliant plot twist in Chapter Three – it struck me as a clever, fast-paced interpretation of today’s youth culture. After this development was revealed, I immediately texted my friend a bunch of compliments for the film, asking her to watch it so we could discuss his entry into the world of teenage movies. We finally did it, Joe. At best, energized, excited, and morally suspicious, I felt hopeful for the future!
But at the end of the climax shock scene where her “wake-up fake misogynist” boyfriend is revealed, one character rudely says, “Don’t let patriarchy beat you on your way out,” and she’s attacked once again on Earth.
Is revenge The tendency to pluck from a teenager’s final online talk deprives him of the opportunity to offer a unique and idiosyncratic look at youth culture, the kind that has defined the films they want to emulate. Overconfident in her understanding of Generation Z. take revenge, and other films like it, to constantly wink at audiences through their dictionaries aggregated on Twitter. “We like a sentimental terrorist” and “It would be like our very own version of the friendship tattoo, except, you know, with shock” are just two other cases where Is revenge The script explicitly attempts to determine how well the movie knows about Generation Z and how well it is prepared to ridicule them.
But this trust is not earned, because it reduces teens to a very specific segment of the population engaged in a very specific media field. Who knows how long the trendy terms will last today? when it finally fades away, Is revenge You will find the language itself very outdated and unlikely to resonate with the unborn teens who will stumble upon it.
Yes, almost every member of Generation Z is on social media. We all know that these often misunderstood, uncontextualized, annoyingly published, social justice-oriented terms, we’ve seen them get used overly at work. Everyone who has an opinion on the language of young people has already made their point known, from critics to young people themselves. After all, that’s the point of social media: over-sharing one’s precise opinions about literally anything, due to an exaggerated sense of self-importance or a craving to develop some.
I understand that the point of satire is to hold a mirror – or in this case, whatever the audio version of the mirror is – to society, in order to create a cultural history of the era. But the way in which the new teen films parody their target audience reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of what made their impact so successful. Heathers It wasn’t the world I actually lived in; It was a place I wanted to escape to, the teens were so casual and cool, I couldn’t wait to steal it myself. Why would I want to buy in a world full of people saying the exact same thing as any given social media feed, in the exact same way? If I wanted to, I just jumped on TikTok.
“Today’s fictional media about Generation Z cannot resist falling for generational statements, which hurt everyone. “
Imagine if films from the late 2000s and early 2000s so anxiously invoked “live, laugh and love” — sayings that represent millennials. It would be unbearable! But today’s fictional media about Generation Z can’t resist falling for generational statements, which hurt everyone. It becomes even more questionable when the media inevitably sanctifies existing statements not blatantly ‘Generation Z’ or ‘online speech’, but that is attributed to them institutionally rather than their actual originators – often marginalized communities.
When I look at the films of my teenage years/early twenties, I’m not sure there will be any media not entirely defined by The Three Ts. I think my generation’s nostalgia for the future deserves more than just an audio-note-like reflection on social media. As a generation came of age inrecycledculture had stunted development Due to a global health crisis, we deserve a cinematic glossary to call our own.