There is no more punk, there is no more shock and there is no more activism. We haven’t got an activist culture or even subculture anymore, our teen trends are snapped up by corporations and resold before they can become anything so that the originators become jaded and bitter and never progress it to be a change in the world that we see.
Punk, Hippie, Situationism, Dadaism, Surrealism. They all had an effect on the social conscious and the aesthetic that it combines but this is no longer the case. Our youth don’t follow a movement they follow a corporate logo in the shape of a F and a T. We have lost our individuality by creating individuality within the confines of a system and this really shocks me. How can we not voice our dissident thoughts as a nation? We have gone through a economic depression, government changes, law changes and environmental problems in the last decade yet we remain as vapid as ever, concerned with social interaction rather than political interactions.
We have nothing to be attacked for as somebody in the corporate machine will always be there to underpin this apparent individuality. You can buy your Ramones T-shirt just as easily from Primark as you can from Camden market, you can be a new raver just as easily as an emo or an indie kid and not have to fight for this. Due to this we have an apathy to life and what other people go through and we are losing sight of our individuality. We need to bring back and shock the youth of today because we are going to become the middle aged soon and we need to have a voice or government organisations and the corporate world will take advantage and lead us to our own doom.