Are there any subjects you either embrace or totally avoid talking about when you meet someone new?
Red light: Politics and religion (especially as I hang around a lot of skinheads and it's always a bit dubious. For the most part, I just assume that they're apolitical and political and religious talk would be boring)
Green light: Music, subcultures, pop culture, alcohol.
I tend to find myself in a rut though, because when I talk to someone about subcultures or pop culture, I find two kinds of people. The first is someone who loves talking about it but doesn't have the theoretical and critical knowledge as I do. The second kind is the person knows the theoretical and critical side of it (usually someone who attends university) but thinks talking about it is a waste of time and effort. The last is probably the worst because they think it's outdated or trivial. Like for example, fair enough punks, skins, teds, rudies, mods, rastas, and all those dynamic subcultures which blossomed in the 50s-80s are arguably dead (arguably... I would argue otherwise, but I understand they're 'just not what they use to be') but the model, both cultural and sociological can still be applied to modern subcultures and problematising that CCS model is just as fascinating about the historical side of it. I personally find how subcultures create and develop in other countries fascinating, and how technology plays a role in subcultural communication and circulation. It's a chapter that needs to be articulated because we'll be looking back on this shit yo.
- I'm listening to:Arctic Monkeys