Sex, Drugs, and Death RaysExploring the Mad subculture (excerpt from “The Cauldron: a study of life in a city of decadence and depravity” by John P. Daniel).More Like This
If I am to give an accurate depiction of the conditions of life in this city, I feel it necessary that I make some mention of its youth culture. Of the various lifestyles present in the city, none is nearly so prominent or so clearly exemplifies the nature of its home state as the Mad subculture.
Described by some as the latest counter culture movement among the youth demographic, and by others as an attempt by those in power to subvert and manipulate the minds of the next generation, the Mad movement is as complex an issue as it is controversial. My personal theory is that Mad culture represents neither a childish act of rebellion, nor a quiet bid for thought control by the state, but the natural addaptive response from the city's youth to the unique social structure present in The Capital. Suddenly finding themselves with a great