But what about the 21st Century - well, youth culture has radically fragmented, and includes such diverse groups as Hip Hop, Chavs, Indie and Emos (see right above), Scene Kids, Nu-Metal, Rave, Goths and Preppies (see left) to name just a few.
So what's all this got to do with 'our Tom' ?
Well, contrary to some reports to be found in the media, young people in the 21st Century are not all binge drinking looters and rioters.
If anything, the dominant youth style, amongst white teens, is the Preppie style, which is remarkably conservative and conformist, both in appearance and general social attitudes.
Pete Waterfield was competing at his fourth Games, and had previously won a synchro diving silver medal with his former partner Leon Taylor (see right) in Athens in 2004.
Perhaps on this occasion Waterfield was paired with the wrong partner.
It may be 2012 - but really it's 1984 !
But instead of ignoring the insensitive Tweet (how many harassing and irritating trolls must Daley have ?), Tom decided to RT it (re-tweet), with the message: ‘After giving it my all...you get idiot's sending me this...’.
Tom must have known that one or two of his 792,000 fans would leap to his defence.
Perhaps at this point we should remember what George Orwell had to say about freedom of speech and expression -
'If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they don't want to hear.'
And Qiu Bo now has a problem.
If he beats Tom in the 10 meter solo, then he may be accused of upsetting Tom, - risking possible arrest ?
MORE DETAILS OF THE 'STORY'
Police leaders have admitted publicly that they are being dragged into too many Twitter disputes as a row raged over the decision to arrest a youth who allegedly 'abused' Olympic diver Tom Daley.
We even had a government minister, Hugh Robertson, being interviewed about what amounts to playground taunts - after all, Tom Daley and Reece Messer (see right) are only teenage boys.
Significantly the minister, along with spokespersons for Team GB and the Games Organisers were careful to quickly change the subject, and refused to be 'drawn' on the matter.
Simon Reed (see left), vice-chairman of the Police Federation, said forces do not have the resources to monitor the internet.
He said: ‘There is legislation which concerns causing harassment, alarm or distress. But can we police the internet when someone upsets someone else?
I don’t think we have the resources to do that. We can’t have a free-for-all online but we cannot involve the police every time something unpleasant is said.’
So the police, after being dragged into a silly spat between two teenage boys, (by whom we wonder), quickly tried to extricate themselves from the ridiculous affair.
Meanwhile, a Welsh Premier League footballer midfielder Daniel Thomas was suspended after an 'abusive', allegedly 'homophobic' message was sent to Daley.
Port Talbot FC officials stressed their player had been the victim of a 'misguided prank' after leaving his phone unattended - but confirmed 28-year-old Thomas had been suspended while they looked into the matter - someone else being 'fitted up' perhaps ?
Tom, it is reported, was, by the 1st August, 'unfazed' by the whole matter - so why all the fuss in the first place ?
Well, as already explained, it did take the focus off the failure in the pool - and whip up a huge wave of sympathy for Tom ! - just as the 'spat' at Beijing did.
Meanwhile, we learn that right up to the moment that he was to climb the 10 meter board, 'our Tom' was 'plugging' brands - this time Dr Dre Beat Union Flag headphones (see right).
Now it's unlikely that he bought them, like normal people have to, despite the fact that he has more than enough money to pay for one, as these 'phones were 'delivered' to the British Olympic Team,
(he probably now has enough in the bank to buy one for all the Olympic contestants, in all sports, (and their 'mates'), and still have 'change').
Rule 40 in the Olympic charter, however, forbids athletes from promoting any personal sponsors on social media during the Games unless they are official Olympic sponsors.
Tom didn't Tweet about the 'phones, (as far as we know), but wearing them in such a public venue, in front of some 7 million viewers on the BBC, may be an even better 'plug'.
Other reports, however, suggest that the 'phones were Sennheiser HD 25 Adidas Original headphones, complete with Union Jack design (see left), so complying with Locog's branding rules, as Adidas are an official sponsor. Either way, Tom didn't have to buy them, and he was still relentlessly 'plugging' merchandise.
|Tom knows it's 'going down the tubes'|
|'Air-head' ? - Tom Daley Reading the Reviews|
Does he ever get dressed ?
'Splash !' sees Olympic diver Tom Daley 'train' 15 'celebrities' to dive in front of judges - but viewers said it has plunged television to “a new low”.
Plus people love celebrities, especially when they’re being put through the wringer.
|Jo Brand - Diving Expert ?|
|Leon Taylor and baby Tom|
They’re padding it out.
In reality it is a diving competition featuring individuals who can't dive - which is a bit like having swimming races for people who can't swim.
In addition, swimming pools have a habit of bringing back childhood memories of unpleasant school swimming lessons, or junior swimming club sessions.
Unlike Tom, many people have an aversion to swimming pools, unless it's part of a five star hotel - preferably somewhere very hot.
Of course, like so many TV programs, 'Splash !' required sponsorship - in this case Domino’s Pizza
The fully integrated sponsorship package was negotiated by ITV Commercial and Arena Media on behalf of Domino’s Pizza.
|Tom Daley and Domino’s Pizza|
|Tom Daley and Nestle|
An ITV Commercial spokesperson said: "We are very excited for our new entertainment show Splash! to hit screens and entertain families all over Britain. (entertain ?)
|Tom Daley - Posing|
|Tom Daley - 'Six-pack'|
Simon Wallis, sales and marketing director at Domino’s also added: “Our decision to sponsor this brand new show fits perfectly in line with our target audience, promoting Domino’s at the ideal time and in the right place.”
The 'target audience' is obviously big fat slobs, glued to their L Z Boys (that's a chair for those not in the know) in front to the TV.
So once again Tom gets associated to purveyors of fattening, unhealthy food - Tom Daley is already associated with Nestle.
So much for the Olympic legacy !
And in case anyone's missed the point - you don't get a 'six-pack' (abdominals) like Tom Daley by eating Pizzas and chocolates.
Tom Daley takes bronze - at the Olympics - Celebrating defeat ?
|Waterstone Book Launch|
|'Jonathan Ross Show'|
|Tom in shorts|
|Tom practices for his male strip show|
|Tom Daley 'checks out' Anthony Ogogo|
|Anthony Ogogo - Gold Speedos|
It's our Tom with Olympic boxer Anthony Ogogo.
"Are you thinking what we are thinking?"
While some might think it amusing - it's also rather sad.
Tom sexuality is up for debate - and we know nothing for sure, except he's clearly 'screaming'.
I wonder if he even knows himself?
And perhaps one should worry about Tom, now he's become a Saturday 'teatime' TV 'superstar' and is regularly 'exposing himself' - meaning just by being himself - he'll just be the subject of ever more scrutiny and speculation - check Twitter for endless comments just on how he walks and talks.
Such is the power of social media this chatter will inevitably transfer into the papers.
This is the modern world; a virtual world where being 'in the closet' is now virtually impossible.
And PR feeds and 'paparazzi shots' to the press about his possible "girlfriends" will ultimately only make it worse.
It's already seeping in, slow as sludge - for now.
And who do you think writes the 'celeb mags' and tabloid gossip pages?
It's gay guys, who think that being 'gay' is almost boringly normal - and that now it's being 'in the closet' that's a little 'queer' - or should we say odd.
And meanwhile the poor boy could be dying inside, silently 'screaming'.'
Olympic bronze medallist Daley was heavily criticised before London 2012 for not concentrating enough on his sport.
Now British Swimming chief executive David Sparkes has raised concerns over 18-year-old Daley's role as a mentor for the celebrity divers in Splash!
Sparkes said: 'Tom is an incredibly talented young man, but he's yet to achieve his full potential and it's only going to get harder to achieve that Olympic gold medal as he gets older.
'You can rest assured the next Chinese diving superstar will not have such distractions from training.
Agent Jamie Cunningham said: 'Whatever people think about the show, Tom has come across incredibly well. We would only agree to such an undertaking at a quiet time of the year.
British Diving performance director Alexei Evangulov had warned last February that Daley faced missing out on an Olympic gold medal unless he reduced his media and sponsorship work.
He said: 'If I had power over this, I would restrict it. If you look at the Chinese, they work three times harder. That's the only secret. Just work hard.'