Blur: A New Paradigm For Understanding Youth Culture
Publish Date: 2014-02-04
Author: Jeffrey Keuss
BETTER INFORMED, BETTER EQUIPPED TO MINISTER
to todays blurred youth culture
Mobile. Connected. Wired in. This is a generation that skips over perceived cultural boundaries and resists definition. They are a mash-up of identity, a blur of old categories and classes. Creators and consumers of a rapidly changing culture.
But how does one reach a demographic that is so difficult to pin down?
Many of the most popular approaches to youth ministry today begin by portraying youth as collections of fixed snapshots, profiles based on sociological research studies. Yet according to Dr. Jeff Keuss, todays teens cannot be adequately characterized by these simplistic and static descriptions. Keuss argues that what is needed, instead, is a qualitative approach to describing young people, one that recognizes the blurred nature of todays mobile youth culture.
Jeff Keuss presents an optimistic new way of thinking about youth, one that sees them more holistically and less clinically. As we learn to see youth culture through this new lens, we will become better informed and better equipped to minister to the teens of todays rapidly changing world.