The 1960’s came and went quickly. During that period, a lot of great music was performed, a lot of great films were made. Strange new drugs were ingested, strange new conclusions drawn. It seemed, at times, to be an enlightened era: a time when pop culture and intellectual exploration were one and the same. But in the wake of this decade came the children of hippies. Unlike their parents, these “flower grandchildren” were raised with complete and utter freedom to live as they pleased, with very little discipline. But if the hippie ideology was a reaction to the conservative attitudes of their parents, what did the children of hippies have to rebel against?
This is the question that spurred Caleb Clark’s NYU graduate thesis, “Born Dropped Out: The Hippie Kid Project.”
“Born Dropped Out is a Web site with unedited interviews of children of hippies displayed as short video clips that you choose how to view. Participants answered the same 20 questions with no interviewer prompting them as they looked at the camera. Hippie kids, now in their 30s and 40s, were chosen as an example of how an interesting subject could be explored in a way that encouraged viewers to explore media and come to their own conclusions.”