1. Naomi

    I wonder if, in order for emo and indie music to survive, it’s going to be necessary for the popularity of the genre, or at least the “cool factor” of the genre to die out. People who’ve adopted emo\indie\hipster culture through their clothing and style choices aren’t necessarily less valid as elements of the culture, but they definitely encounter it on a much shallower level.

    I don’t think every emo fan has to be a diehard worshipping at the altar of Fugazi and Sunny Day Real Estate (though they’re both excellent bands and more people should listen to their music), but I think it’s the superficial fans who listen to Metro Station and Cute is What We Aim For, wear pink and white checked keffiyahs and call themselves punk who give emo a bad name. And that sucks for those of us who really love the music, and the political roots of the genre.

    “Because somewhere out there, some earnest fan of Rickly’s has always been a fan of taking some form of action in their everyday life, and they’ll read Rickly’s article and be inspired. Because you can’t always wait for change to happen – you have to enact it yourself.”

    If you haven’t already, check out Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky.

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