I've given this just enough thought to remind me that I was always better at creative writing than research papers and most of the experts I've seen on this subject sell tie-dyed t-shirts but here goes...
Momentum is building and I think we're moving into a culture shift.
Dominant countercultures from the past took years to develop but are familiar parts of our history...they were individuals in a common geographic area with similar beliefs who gained support thanks to TV time because of protests and/or Hollywood celebrity backers. Think 50s rebels, 60s beatniks, 70s hippies, 80s grunge.
Today, media and social networking sites make subcultures easier to find and join than those who just happened to live in Seattle, take drugs, and like garage band trash music that killed my beloved hair bands. So if you want to be in a religious sect or part of an anti-war movement or pro-gun control protest or a specimen of tattoo/piercing body art or attend a leather-clad biker rally, you can do it with very little actual investment of time or energy. Just Google it or 'like' it on Facebook or Twitter. LOL. smh.
I think our next dominant counterculture is about to explode. They're smart, gaining members and mobilizing. It's the green movement. They seem real and have some things the other groups are missing like common beliefs, goals and a lifestyle. Global warming, raising chickens, conservation, organic, reuse and recycle. They've got logos, sponsors and even a political party -- but don't hold that against them.
What if the green movement took over Generation 2020 and instead of their generation being online and plugged in 18 hours a day they rebeled against their Millenial parents and totally unplugged? Got back to the grass roots and became farmers, lived off the land and we're mainly concerned about the greater good.
It could happen and some of you 'latch-key kids' and Generation Xers will sign up and go along with it. I'm in. Unless they don't wear deodorant or use toilet tissue. I'm not ready to give those up.