Although we don’t dress like the hippy generation of the 1970s, some of the characteristics of that time period arguably remain part of our culture today.
“When I think of the 70s, I think of people coming together. People respecting each others’ perspectives on life and wanting to collaborate those perspectives to gain a greater understanding of the world,” said Eric Venor, a sophomore construction management major.
Venor said he’s noticed today’s generation of students incorporating the qualities of the 1970s into today’s culture.
”We are experiencing an evolved hippy generation” Venor said.
CSU hockey player Cam Maceau said that his life was highly influenced by the original hippy generation.
“My father rode a motorcycle and had long — he was a teenager in the 70s so much of the culture that influenced him back then also influenced my life,” Maceau said.
In addition to being raised by the original hippies, living in Colorado also influences cultural attitudes, according to Adrienne Keefer, direct support associate for Mosaic, a non-profit organization for developmentally disabled adults.
“Our love for music and nature stems largely from the fact that we live in Colorado. It’s become sort of a subculture to snowboard, ski, rock climb, attend shows and festivals,” Keefer said.
Junior liberal arts major Geoff Bohannon said he thinks this generation’s regard for the environment is what connects students of today to the hippy generation of the past.
“Our love for organic foods, getting rid of harsh chemicals in products, and the fact that we aren’t ignorant to global warming,” Bohannon said.
Further more, technology allows students today to spread ideas, according to Fort Collins resident Matthew Shamburger.
“We have more means of communication to get our messages out there, compared to past generations,” Shamburger said. “We use social networking to our advantage, and because of that people today are more aware.”
As a result, he said the evolution of communication has evolved culture and views today.
“Our generation is more aware than other generations had been. We’re changing the market from what we’re given to what we want in terms of government, economy and culture,” Shamburger said.
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