dangerous fashion

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in further video news, i'm not sure how i missed last week's perceptive news report from WDAZ in North Dakota, but clearly, emo really is the new goth. and just like goth, emo began as a subgenre of punk music (emotive hardcore) that has morphed into a distinctive youth style complete with fashion codes (skinny clothes, floppy black hair) and alleged behavior norms (self harm, mopey poetry, morbid introspection). this current version of emo strikes me as difficult to distinguish from the darker side of indie/hipster style, and has become inseparably imagined alongside myspace and youtube, and similar digital sites of youthful social interaction.

the video is pretty predictable -- new youth subculture poses risks to YOUR kids! be on the look out for skinny pants and tight sweaters in dark colors -- they might lead to suicidal ideation! but the best part appears to be the newscasters' misrecognition of internet humor sites as legitimate guides to emo culture. such as the "Insta Emo Kit" at Sykospark.net. they also report on a supposed "point" system, which they acknowledge may be more symbolic than literal -- and of course, youth subculture often does rely on schema of cultural capital (specialized knowledge of scene norms, taste preferences, and slang) to confer status and credibility.

but as usual, hyping fears of the internet, self harm, and youth subculture does little to address the real difficulties many young people face navigating the educational system, media, and consumerism in a postindustrial world where they are frequently targeted by mass media and corporate interests, and where "youth" has become a dominant symbol for what's new, hip, and desirable in mass culture.

I Must Be Emo - News Report

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The "Insta Emo Kit" has what I assume to be an unintentional gem which is the haiku section.

Here is a sample:
Final Fantasy Ringtones Ringtones Free Ringtones T-mobile Ringtones Free Ringtones Composer Ringtones Free Ringtones Free Ringtones Cingular Ringtones Free Ringtones Free Ringtones Free Ringtones Free Real Ringtones For Sprint Phones Free Nextel Real Music Ringtones Free Ringtones Free Us Cellular Audiovox Ringtones Free Ringtones

an other one:
Gays - Gays Atk And Natural And Hairy - Atk And Natural And Hairy Guiding Light Levitra Meds - Guiding Light Levitra Meds Meridia Meds - Meridia Meds Brittany Spears Celebs - Brittany Spears Celebs Pantyhose Gallery - Pantyhose Gallery Free Gay Galleries - Free Gay Galleries Buy Viagra Meds - Buy Viagra Meds Milf Adult - Milf Adult Nude Cheerleaders - Nude Cheerleaders

It somehow amuses me that the poetry section about a culture so tightly tied into the internet consists entirely of spam. Sadly none of the spam has the correct syllable counts for a haiku.

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