Communal Living Mainstream… How can you live in all that dirt with so many people? Don’t you miss your privacy? Counterculture… Why do you feel the need to fence yourself off from everybody else? Don’t you feel isolated?
Drugs Mainstream… Drugs are against the law and will take you nowhere. Counterculture… I’m not hurting anyone. Why don’t you just lay off?
Wrap Up What were the major differences between the mainstream and the counterculture? Why was there such a huge cultural rift during the 1960s? With which group do you most identify? Why? If you modeled your life after mainstream values, what would it be like? If you modeled your life after counterculture values, what would it be like? Which result best fits who you want to be in the future? In your opinion, was the counterculture’s agenda a positive one? Do you think the effects of the counterculture on American society were positive or negative? Explain.
Counterculture Editorial Assume the role of a journalist. Write an editorial in the New York Times that comments on whether the effects of the counterculture on American society were positive or negative. See the last page of your handout for guidelines.