contemporary adolescent triggers

Apparently, there’s a bit of a hub ub over “13 Reasons Why”, which is a book that deals with teenage suicide — and now more importantly a tv (or rather screen, see: Netflix) series adapting said book.  And so goes a great new moral panic.

And a perceived spike in teen suicide is being placed on “13 Reasons Why”.  We’ll just have to see if suicide drops off when the series fades from memory, I suppose.

And maybe or maybe not.  I know Cheryl Strayed “Wild” and the Reese Witherspoon adaption aggravated the curators of the Pacific Crest Trail, viewing it as encouraging inexperienced hikers to come on out and discover themselves.  And they have a point.  So I can’t dismiss art — life connections out of hand.  But it does strike me as blaming Ozzy Osbourne’s “Suicide Solution” for implanting such ideas.

Notwithstanding the criticism in the MacLeans article about the precise nature of the book and series, the artistic direction that posits the true problem with the series lies in the details.  Suggests to impressionable kids they can narrate their stories. Yeah, well.  Can’t write the book otherwise.

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