"If you ask me, the light’s winning."
Rust Cohle (via
"In the case of children’s folklore, the content of their folklore and their position in society prevent many of their traditions from being spread through the mass media. This is so primarily because adults control the media outlets. As a consequence the adult media gatekeepers determine which children’s traditions are to be communicated and create potential traditions which serve adults’ didactic goals. … Non-normative traditions (pranks, insults, dirty jokes, rough games, tricks, etc.) are not communicated—even through specialized media. The media can be an important means for the diffusion of children’s non-normative lore if adults so decide—witness the commercial success of the 1976 film The Bad News Bears. However, this film was striking because of its uniqueness."
Gary Alan Fine, “Children and Their Culture: Exploring Newell’s Paradox”,
, July 1980 (via