A friend made a joke today that the 2010’s are an experiment to see what the 80’s would be like if punk rock wasn’t around. So basically where is the counter culture? I feel like the counter cultures been replaced by some kind of exclusionary culture of memes and hipsterism (?) that’s become a battle royale of young adults trying to be the most individualistic person. Thoughts?
@liptons, 80s without punk rock is an interesting way to put it.
I think a large problem with our lack of counterculture is our unwillingness to stand up and lead/designate a leader. First example that comes to mind of course is Occupy. “We have no leader, every deserves, like, and equal voice, man.” Alright, guess we can just interview any random unbathed fucker with a joint in their hand.
Hipsters are hardly counterculture, more of a subculture. When you say memes, the first thing I think of is a site like 9gag, which is full of shallow, time wasting humor. Please correct me if you had something else in mind.
We’re really just all too damn comfortable, though. If we’re lucky enough to make it through childhood unmedicated and are actually able to experience discomfort, it’s still easily extinguished through constant distractions. George Carlin said it better than I will, “Everyone’s got a cell phone that will make pancakes and rub their balls. Way too fuckin prosperous for our own good, Americans have been bought off and silenced by toys and gizmos.” No one’s got a “real” reason to complain.
@jp907, Funny enough I think Russell Brand actually explained Occupy the best, it was something like “If it even put the idea of the 99% in everyone’s mind it accomplished something.” Which is exactly what a counter-culture is for! To put the idea that something’s not quite right into the public conscious whether they agree or not. Running off that and the George Carlin skit, I wouldn’t say the new counter culture would have to be politically charged, but that’s really where all our complaints lie. Sure we have all this great shit at our disposal but what about all the other shit we’ve just been taught to suck up and accept? Debt up to our ears, no jobs, no money and people shit on the new generation like they’re silly pampered babies. It’s like the baby boomers are trying to make an entire generation the counter culture before one can really be cultivated. Or that people are so satisfied with being liberal/progressive that they don’t feel the need to go any further, they’re already in the business of redefining values.