Four Decades of Reading, Writing, and Reality for Teens

Harvey, Mary
October 2004
Scholastic Scope;10/18/2004, Vol. 53 Issue 4/5, p4
The article presents interview of Dick Robinson, first editor of the journal "Scholastic Scope." On being asked about kind of world teens were living in, forty years ago. Robinson said that the social situation and the world situation were quite different. There were fewer types of media. There was still black-and-white television, with just a few channels. Radio was still an important source of entertainment and news. There were records, but no iPods, no e-mail, no Internet. It was still the Cold War, with the threat of atomic war between the Soviet Union and the United States. Society was more segregated. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was just coming into play, and there were still vast parts of the country where there was very little integration. There wasn't as much freedom or opportunity for African-Americans and other people of color as there is now.


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