Southern Communication Journal
Although the American Dream myth idealizes youth who grow up in suburbia as culturetypes of imminent success, the Columbine High School shootings demonstrated that all not suburban youth will grow up to succeed. The extensive news media coverage of the tragedy reflects broader anxieties about the declining status of the suburbs in American society. In the wake of the shootings, the news media created a myth of monstrous youth in suburbia that functioned to repair suburbanites’ waning faith in the myth of the American Dream.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Southern Communication Journal on 04-01-2009, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10417940209373235.
Hoerl, Kristen, "Monstrous youth in suburbia: Disruption and recovery of the American dream" (2002). Scholarship and Professional Work - Communication. 86.