My goodness.  I heard about the 2001 PBS documentary “The Merchants of Cool” a few years ago, but hadn’t watched it until today.  I urge each of you (especially parents) to watch this.  Follow the link and click on the first segment (“Hunting for Cool”):

The Merchants of Cool

[Update: While I recommend you watch the whole program, I found the following clip, which shows a significant part of the problem.  The link above will also lead you to a higher-quality version of the movie, but you’ll get the idea.  Warning: Rated R language!]

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