Eng. 301 Sept. 19, 2011 Reading response “Wake Up, Geek Culture. Time to Die,” Patton Oswalt Oswalt is the man. His writing about “Geek Culture” really rings true. Society is being totally water down by technology and how fast everything is moving. All the subcultures are seeming to blend into pop culture. The legacy that we use to be able to pass on to the next generation has been replaced by social media websites and the sort.
Like Oswalt I remember a time when I had to wait in long lines to get the newest cassette tape, or for some underground music it was purely word of mouth and I would have to find someone that knew someone to get a duplicate of their tape. How we dressed was because of our culture and part of our lifestyle. We did not have the luxury of downloading everything from the internet. If we wanted to know how the other side of the tracks were living, we had to get on our bikes and go ride across the tracks and see. I am so tired of kids being able to copy the styles of past generations without embracing the lifestyle.
The fast pace of it all makes fads come and go before people my age are even able to catch on. Everyday I’m like wow, what is going on? Are the jeans acid wash, ripped, baggy, or wash? It is so hard to keep up. The internet should not replace the traditions of the past no should it make everything so accessible in the blink of an eye. There is hardly any distinction among the groups of young people . Subcultures use to be one of the beautiful parts about being in this great country. One did no have to be a carbon copy of everybody else.
You could find a place on the school yard with a few kids that understood you in a way no one else could. One would have trade secrets of his or her group and if you were not in the group and did not know someone from the group , you were just out of luck. Every group want to be popular nowadays , so there is an openness that exist that never use to exist. Since the groups are all becoming so popular, the lines of distinction are becoming blurred. When I look at a kid today , I don’t know if he or she is a skater, rocker, hipster, nerd, emo, goth, or any of the various groups that look all the same to me.
Everybodies hair is purple, blue, green or pink. I do not know what it all means anymore. There are lawyers with pink in there hair and doctors with skull tattoos. I remember when Dickies was a poor blue collar brand, now rich kids wear Dickies. I am so lost. Some days I wish society could go back to simpler times. Figuring out if all this is for the better or for the worse is perplexing at best. What I do know is that it is confusing and I do not know where I fit in. Maybe I will start my own group and call it the “Everybody is Everything” group. It would be funny if nobody joined.
I am really starting to wonder what kind of cultural legacy am I going to be able to leave my kids. Social media websites have replaced the human interaction between people thus destroying the tangible cultural legacy. No one develops pictures anymore. Everything is on a memory card. Music is on Ipods and mp3 players, pictures are on cameras and cell phones and websites. Do people even buy compact discs anymore? I have not seen a photo album book in years. What happens when all this electronic stuff crashes. Does anyone even care? Like Oswalt I think the end is near.
This supercial existence on pc’s and laptops has to end. If it is someones birthday , pick up the phone and call them and buy them a real card that they can hold in their hands. Stop texting people that are in the same house or car with you, open your mouth and speak to that person. Develop your own style, do what is comfortable for you. Wear your pants baggy if you want, even if it is not “in” anymore. Maybe one day people will get enough of this fake existence and go back to how it use to be. Well until then you can find me on my “Twitter,” “Facebook,” “Oovoo,” or “Android. ”