In an effort to learn more about what teens read and think, I spent roughly six weeks blog hopping at teen blogs. What did I learn? Well, I was reminded what I didn't like about high school: cliques and alienation. Now to be fair, I am a 40-something mother and my YA reading habits are vastly different from the bloggers I was visiting so why would they warm up to me? This experience reminded me there are other ways to keep up with teen reading habits (I am involved in other communities that were working before this social excursion). I was struck by the sameness: same books, same awards given to the same folks over and over, same opinions. I was depressed by the lack of diversity. I mentioned the same books but I'm referring to the lack of diversity in authors, themes, genres, bloggers themselves and opinions. I found little discussion where there was dissent or exploration of different views. To be fair, I have had some choice moments with my own daughters and have been surprised by their biases and narrow views. And I think I get why. When you're young and discovering who you are and trying to figure out what's next for you, how interested would you be in things or folks who aren't like you?
I was going to talk about applying to a poets' workshop, but I just learned the application period ended. I'm depressed and annoyed. The dates for the workshop have changed again and there's little information on their website and their blog, let's not go there. I think they can and should do a better job of promoting the program. Every year the dates are different enough that there should be more communication. ((sigh)) It seems the only folks who know what's going on are the folks who have attended in the past. Hmmm, are the alienation and clique issues shrouding me today?
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