First off, let me state that I AM NOT judging anybody, saying that they have no right to express themselves in any manner they feel to be appropriate, or questioning the validity of their beliefs.
I am just curious as to how certain people’s entire existances seem to revolve around their “images.” Why would listening to a certain type of music effect one’s entire perception of reality?
I have intentionally left out the fashion aspects of these “sub-cultures” to avoid what happened in my pevious attempt at curing my ignorance.
Example 1: Young upper-middle class teenager begins listening to hip-hop. Teenager then feels as though they must study said genre of music to emulate “heroes.” Said teenager has been raised to speak proper English, but abondons native language in an effort to be “down.” This person has never been anywhere near a ghetto, nor come into contact with anyone who speaks “Ebonics,” other than his friends who also “study” Ebonics.
Example 2: Teenager decides that since she listens to the Cure, Smiths…etc, she must now be a witch, “Satanist,” or vampire. SPOOKY!
Also, why aren’t mummys and lycanthropes considered fashionable?
Please don’t flame me over the witch thing, these people are NOT Wiccans.