Monday, March 15, 2010

Teen Society; individuality or conformity?

It has come to my attention that a huge proportion of today's teenage population (yes, I am well aware that this does include me, shudddup) find it essential that they take part in a "non-conformist" sub-culture. Although, this term 'non-conformist' brings with it much ambiguity these days. Seeing as though being "different" and "individual" is now a societal 'norm', does the defeat the underlying purpose in the first place?
I was sitting having coffee the other day and I realised that the group of high-school girls sitting across from me were dressed, not to impress, but to defy normality and convention (you know what I mean, purple hair, everything pierced), but the thing that really got me thinking was that everything they were talking about, I have previously heard from hundreds of others.

All of their conversation was solely structured around the dialogue and events that I have seen on various adolescent-based T.V. shows. Drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and generally destructive debauchery were the main hot topics.

So, the point of this rant is, are they truly individual or just clones of this new and evolving "individual scene"?

In saying all of this, I have nothing against these rowdy, sexually confused, substance abusing teens (fuck, I was, and still slightly am, one of them).
What I'm really curious about is how they would define themselves and the sub-culture they group themselves in.

I highly encourage discussion, input, abuse and criticism on my thoughts!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Privacy, courtesy and the Internet!

Okay, okay. I realise it has, infact, been months and months with not even a sign of a blog update. Although, rejoice! (or clench your teeth with dismay, if you will), I shall now be doing a weekly, or more realistically, a bi-monthly blog post.
I got to thinking the other day, where do we stand with our rights, in regards to the internet.
Can we call it harrassment if someone anonymously lowers your self esteem in a comment that you basically willed to happen? Okay, this may not make much sense, so I will explain. Only the other day I decided that I would try and stay hip and savvy like the rest of the young-folk on the internet, and make myself a Form-Spring (for those of you who are blissfully unaware.. google it). On only my second day of creating my account, I was left a very nice little anonymous comment about how unattractive I am now. So, my point is, should I have any right to be gob-smacked that someone should say this, or should I have expected negative comments in the first place?
I really don't know...
Anyway, enough about my social-networking abuse and more to the privacy of the internet.
I pose a question to you all, would you post something confidential onto the internet, even if you knew that it was only going to be read by one person, or would you go about it the old-fashion way and just use that phone-thingy that is lying around somewhere..?
Alright, I'm going to leave it here, short and shit, sorry, I mean sweet.
Apologies to all, this was a very short and totally un-informative post, but I thought it was better than nothing.
Cheeri-o, enjoy your week!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"Role" Models.

Recently I found myself engulfed in a magazine solely structured around models. Those stick thin, haute-couture dolls, and this led me to think, “is this the image of ‘perfection’ that we are conveying to our youth?” I also believe that this image is not only conveyed to youth, but also to the more “mature” adults out there. The likes of Kate Moss and Lindsay ‘loves-attention’ Lohan, are becoming increasingly idolized, and not for their positive actions (if they've even have any), but for their growing drug-addictions and ‘lettuce-leaf-diets’. These notions of drug-abuse and anorexia are somehow becoming more and more socially acceptable. I don’t know if you’ll all agree with me on this one, but that’s fucked! Where have the days of models being curvaceous and ‘voluptuous’ gone? I can hear most of you out there screaming “in the fucking 1930’s!!!” Seriously though, is it that impossible for designers to spare a little more material to make a dress that doesn’t only fit a size 0 Barbie? It’s not like they don’t have the budget, I mean I just read something about Karl Lagerfield never even being told about the Global Financial Crisis, apart from the CEO of Chanel notifying him “you never have to worry about budgets”.
Taking the topic back to Lindsay ‘Lo-whore’, brings me to the concept of ‘socialites’, with the likes of Paris Hilton, Peaches Geldof and Nicole Richie prancing around the streets of LA and London, condoning the use of drugs whilst stumbling into clubs, with their eyes in the back of their heads, and their dresses above their waists. Are these the people we should idolize? Is this really the aesthetic that we drive for, and work our arses off to achieve? I don’t think so!!
In saying this I understand that the pictures of these tragic messes we see in the magazines sell, and we all need to make a buck, but honestly, when is enough, enough?
I was also reading an article that discussed how models used to be, only seen on the cat-walks of Milan and Paris and the likes, not having a voice and seemingly not having any opinions what-so-ever and, respectively being left alone by the grueling paparazzi. This was before they were some-what put on a pedestal and congratulated for having such morbidly slim figures. This is before the paparazzi released that they could make a lot of money, by bringing this less known society of girls into the lime-light, and highlighting their weight-loss tips (smoke, drink, do drugs, and forget about eating). I also understand that models have a hectic life, and a majority of them don’t have drug addictions or eating disorders, that it is the draining lifestyle that keeps them so “beautifully” slender. So why don’t we see more articles outlining this in our mainstream media publications? I think I have seen only one article focusing on the real-lives of models. The rest are just piece of shit (figuratively speaking) articles about some pseudo-celebrities admission to rehab in Mexico.

I guess, the point I’m trying to get at here is, are these the kind of people you want society to be shaped by? In my opinion, I think the answer is no. I really think that there needs to be a higher rate of success stories in “tween” magazines, of people achieving their goals and making a life for themselves through healthy means, whether that be academically or socially. Maybe then will we see a healthy, less fucked up society. Because to be honest, I’m terribly sick of seeing 13-year old girls walking around in their 6inch heels and designer dresses, displaying their bodies, which have been solely influenced by the models that once wore the same dress.

I'd love to hear your opinions on this, but keep in mind it is my first blog!!