As the times change new social constructs are implanted. It is expected that the youths of a culture are to be the ones who carry on the new social order – and the elders are left in the past with their “traditional” views.
Now, during the Satanic Panic there was a fear that the new social order would be chaotic due to the new found love of Satan across the United States. In film and TV there was a complete demonization of youth culture in order to keep it at bay. The demonization can be seen in films like The Lost Boys. This is one of my personal favorite 80s movies. It’s about a family who moves to Santa Carla California after the divorce of their parents. The two new boys are nice, attractive young boys. The typical American “ideal” teenagers. Then the older brother, Michael, gets in with the wrong crowd – Vampires!
These vampires aren’t your typical Bram Stoker representations. They’re Jim Morrison loving punks. They turn Michael into a vampire and he becomes one of them. Then, it is up to his little brother, Sam, and the Frog Brothers (comic book loving weirdos) to kill the head vampire and turn Michael back to normal.
Objectively this film is about vampires and the battle for good over evil. But with a deeper reading you can see the message the mainstream media was sending to the youths of the time. Good will always prevail. Many other films and stories of this time had a similar meaning – this is hegemony in action. Hegemony takes the subculture of a time and either incorporate it into the mainstream, or demonizes it enough to “other” it. That was one of the main actions the “morally correct” media industry utilized to combat the emerging subculture.