The Current Teenage "Counterculture" is a Giant Load of Crap
Nothing sickens me more than seeing people at my school walk down the hall in a Slipknot or Marilyn Manson shirt thinking that they are soooooo rebellious and hip and subversive, but all they are doing is buying into Corporate America's attempt to control and wring money out of those who desire it least. These are supposed to be my peers, those who I am supposed to relate to most, those who I join in with while they condemn and accuse the Older Generation. So why do I find myself hating everything they stand for?
As my friend Lee said, "They are the ones that enter The Establishment through the back door that says 'This is not the establishment.'" They are exactly the same (mentality-wise) as the preps. The need to walk around all dressed up in whatever garb they deem "weird" or "spooky" just to freak out people that are easily freaked out is the same as the need to get in Abercrombie or American Eagle to show off your family's affluence.
And while I am already ranting, I have a bone to pick with the "goth" kids (well not all of them anyway). Consider this: a kid dresses like a punk rocker, talks like a punk rocker (says "sellout" and "hardcore" a lot), acts like a punk rocker, and everything else. You approach this kid and mention the Sex Pistols or the Dead Kennedys or some other seminal punk band. The kid gives you a blank stare as if to say, "Who are you talking about?" (I realize that this is not too likely, but oh well...)
By this time you have figured out that our little friend is not a punk at all but just a rich suburban teen wanting to belong to a subculture. But think of this: you see a kid who has the "goth" look. Black galore, makeup aplenty and spikes/chains/whatever metal accessory they may have. You ask him/her about the Cure, Bauhaus, Christian Death or some other seminal goth band. Again you receive blank stares and questioning looks. But I assure you that this scenario is far more likely than the first. The "goth" kids today don't even know what goth used to be about. Nor do they care. They are just in it for the fashion and the wished-for shock value.
And that is pretty much all I have to say about the so-called "counterculture" that we are suffering through.
I hate my generation.