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!