I had another post on the nature of "emo" in the works. About whether a such thing as "emo" exists or if it is indeed a creation of the mainstream media. About an occurance this morning that was ironically hypocritical. But let's put that on hold, along with the Allman Brothers post and all that good stuff.
But speaking of emo and the mainstream media, this article's [link] a bit old, but it's essential reading. It's essentially a TV newscast's "explanation" of emo to scared parents who are eager to buy into wide, sweeping generalizations.
Some quotes out of it:
"Part of the guiding philosophy of emo kids is pain"
"Happiness is a sin to emo culture. In a state where the number two cause of teen death is suicide, experts say parents need to know emo culture and understand it. "
"One site instructs, dye your hair black. Style it in the gunshot wound and never be happy. "
Making things even worse, it's called "Emos Exposed". Yes, that's the name of the article. But as anyone with even the smallest bit of intelligence would ask, what is there to "expose," as you put it?
But this is, in a way, exactly the story I said I was going to postpone. Just in the convienent form of, uh... what should I call it?... "Journalism."
I attended a workshop today (loooong story) about, to quote verbatim, "Deconstructing Cliques". The idea they were trying to teach us is that we had to look beyond superficial things like race, fashion style, socioeconomic class, and appearance in grouping ourselves at school. The first thing we did was analyzed various so-called subcultures that might exist in Hollywood's Token High School. You know the type as much as anyone else - The Breakfast Club would not have been made if the dynamics between these archetypical groups did not exist. Nerds, Geeks, Thugs, "Weirdos", preps... and then emos.
The lady who was teaching the workshop had only vaguely heard the term emo, so she had some students describe it for her. Eventually, she got the gist of the comments and was able to... at least in her mind... extrapolate about emo kids - that is, if they even exist.
"So we have emo kids, who basically never look happy..."
But I imagine you see the glaring irony. It's a workshop about overcoming stereotypes and she's creating her own stereotypes. Which may or may not exist.
I'm certain someone could argue that she was just trying to see how we judged different groups that were not "our own" (whatever that is), but there was still an element of hypocrisy there.
Now... let's turn back to something less rooted in reality - that being music.