Forget Nirvana or James Dean! Back in the 19th century, every angsty teen had one idol: Werther--and they would do anything to be like him ... anything.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther, (1774, updated 1787).
David P. Phillips, “The Influence of Suggestion on Suicide: Substantive and Theoretical Implications of the Werther Effect,” American Sociological Review 39:3 (1974), pp. 340-54. (Available via JSTOR)
Lauren Coleman, The Copycat Effect: How the Media and Popular Culture Trigger the Mayhem in Tomorrow’s Headlines, Gallery Books (2004).
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)
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