Re: is is all dead?
- From: "Certic" <PJS@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2005 20:05:38 +0100
Morph <morph@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> Certic wrote:
> >But as Robert Elms points out in "The Way We Wore", without some
> >measure of elitism, you just get everyone wearing Gap clothes and
> >dancing to samey dance music, surely?
> Elitism isn't quite the same thing as individualism, though, is it?
> There's a difference between being different and being convinced
> different is empirically *better* (as opposed to subjectively
> for me') somehow...
The argument runs essentially that you need some people deliberately
setting out to look cooler than those around them to help drive the
scene forward. I don't see how empiricism fits in, but surely an elite
can be narrow in scope - to take an example if someone's described as
being a member of "motor racing's elite" that means they're a top
racing driver... nobody would expect membership of that particular
elite to confer anything else outside the sphere of driving cars
really fast. The same with a "scene" elite: just because someone looks
exceptionally good in goth gear doesn't mean I'd ask them how to vote
in the next election.
It hurts sometimes more than we can bear.
If we could live without passion, maybe
we'd know some kind of peace.
But we would be hollow.
Empty rooms, shuttered and dank...
Without passion, we'd be truly dead.
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