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June 19, 2006
It is relatively rare today for
someone to be satisfied with GOING_UNDER
membership in a single subculture...
Instead there's a definite pattern
of getting interested in one scene,
then moving on to another, then The creator of "Outpunk" (an early
continuing on to a third... queer-punk zine), calls this
A harcore punk may become a
raver then get into swing
A goth might get interested
A punk may move on to
industrial then to
experimental noise and
then improvised jazz.
It could be that this process of exploration
is the key characteristic of the hipster, Which I guess
rather than the particular style or scene is something like
that's embraced at the moment. V. Vale's point of
I have a problem with STRANGE_TRIANGLE
this, though possibly
it's just a personal
If these are people so
intent on keeping up with
the vanguard that they
keep doing scene-identity It's a distinction that
switches, is there any may seem shallow, but I
real difference between expect it's a familiar one
them and the people I to most of the insiders of
might loosely name my particular
"the trendoids", the meta-sub-culture.
people who feel the need
to be up on the latest If you go out to see a
thing simply because it's live band at that moment
the latest... when the buzz is really
kicking in you can see
Let's try the thought clear divisions in the
that the trendoid is audience...
motivated solely by
peer-group approval, and Some people are there that
a desire for want to hear the band,
one-upsmanship; whereas but there are other's that
the "serial hipster" are just chattering amongst
(ideally?) is genuinely themselves.
seeking after some sort
of enlightenment, trying They want to be on
to keep up with the the scene, but are
current state of the not committed to
research among people on being in the scene.
a similar quest.
One group is the vanguard of exploration,
The other blowing in the wind of fashion.
Or so it usually
seems to me...
I have a terrible fear
that this could be just
a manifestation of the
usual tribalism where
your group *must* be better
than those other guys,
on some grounds or other.
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