The article implied that Woodstock symbolized the amazing truth that order and control could be present when the youth comes together. For one, the police were clear to acknowledge the fact that the youth who participated in the event were “courteous” and cooperative with them. For the rest of America, what Woodstock displayed was that “the spirit of camaraderie in the midst of adversity” could exist, and more impressively, from the youth.
This change of heart of the Americans for the event could be exemplified by the transformation of the initially hostile residents of the town towards the participants to become sympathetic people. From selling overpriced commodities, they turned to giving out supplies for free . It would be safe to deduce from these examples that for America, Woodstock meant that the youth of their nation could act so wonderfully, and could even tell a story of how valuable camaraderie is, and how through it, adversity could be overpowered.
Collier depicted the “Woodstock Music and Art Fair” in terms of the significant events that happened during the course of the three-day concert, and in both the negative and positive contexts of the said happenings. He started the article, however, by narrating how the concert participants streamed out of the area during the midnight of August 17 (largely triggered by heavy torrential rains) throughout the early morning of the next day in a slow but steady and orderly manner.
Quoting what the police officers themselves had to say about the matter, he described how remarkable it is that there had been no violence during the event — a feat which was also described to be “beautiful” in the same way that the participating youth were. He also depicted the fact that months of planning had been spent to come up with the event, which youths all over America have so eagerly awaited. It was also reported that the shortages in food and other supplies that have been predicted and have actually materialized were eased by residents and merchants in the town.
The writer then highlighted the fact that the sale and use of “drugs” such as heroin, LSDs , and marijuana was very prevalent and done in the open. As a result, one teenager died on account of heroin overdose and 400 more were treated on account of adverse reaction to drugs . As a benevolent act for their patrons, the event organizers constantly announced warnings “that impure and harmful drugs that circulating in the crowds” (Collier, 1969).
Other notable happenings reported by Collier were two births and four miscarriages that happened during the event, the heavy rains that delayed the show and posted danger to the health of the participants who had trouble finding shelter, as well as another death which was discerned to be “accidental . ” Collier reported these things objectively. However, what Collier had to say about the event or the message that he implicitly wanted to get across to the public through his article could be seen in how he quoted interviews talking about the event and the participants as “beautiful.
” This could be seen exceptionally in the sixth and last two paragraphs of the article. In all three paragraphs, Collier explicitly showcased his implicit message that Woodstock was a beautiful event, fostered by beautiful people who, in spite of their youth, maintained the culture of non-violence, politeness and order. In other words, although Collier was able to maintain objectivity in reporting what happed during the three-day event, he was also able to get across the message that Woodstock should be viewed as a positive and beautiful event.
Though the negative preconception of the general American public was the widely carried message of newspapers before and during the early days of the said event, this is not what was covered by Colliers article since it was released during the last day of the event already. Therefore, what the article presented as the sentiment of America for the event, in the context of what happened during the supposedly last day of the event, was that of respect and commendation over the behavior of the hundred thousands youths who attended the event.
This is exemplified by the same paragraphs in the previous page that Collier used to convey a positive image for the event. If we are to extract the American sentiment over the event from those few that were interviewed for the article, it could be viewed that America was surprised by and approved of the behavior of the participants, which was characterized by astonishing courtesy, order, and harmony. Coming from an explicit expectation of negative behavior from the youth who were going to attend the event, it could have really been such a pleasant surprise to America that the youth was able to rise above all their preconceived notions.