I'm still busy on my projects, but I wanted to take this opportunity to make an observation and ask for your feedback. (This is a weekend non-political post.)
What's with these kids these days?
That question marks one's entry into duffer-hood. In my case, the question isn't "Why do kids go for these bizarre new clothing fads?" -- instead, it's "Why do today's kids go for familiar OLD clothing fads?"
While traveling around Balmer, one will occasionally spot young adults dressed in punk regalia. They probably think that they look very daring and dangerous and renegade and edgy, what with their mohawks and painted hair and torn clothing and safety pins and spikes and whatnot. Some of the girls, I admit, do look cute. It's a classic look.
You know when I first saw that look? At Filmex (the Los Angeles Film Exposition) back in 1976 or '77. Roughly 35 years ago.
Imagine a young person in 1969 visiting the hot spots of that era while adorned in the regalia popular among young people in 1934. Everyone would have laughed. Retro was ridiculous.
The goth look is another classic, one which comes and goes in popularity, but which always seems to be lurking around some corner of youth subculture. I admit that I like it -- at least, I enjoy looking at girls wearing slinky black quasi-Victoriana with plunging necklines and lacy gloves and all of that. I have enjoyed looking at such girls for decades
Even African Americans have run out of inventiveness. Hip-hop has always annoyed the hell out of me -- but what really annoys me is that black kids haven't come up with any new
ways to annoy me. The styles and the music haven't changed in decades.
One still sees young guys wearing pants with the beltline at the groin and the crotch at the knees. This must be the stupidest street fashion idea ever. I thought it was stupid when I first saw it, during the first Clinton term. Or was that during the Bush I presidency...?
Come on, kids. My hair is graying. Your job is to come up something so shocking that it goes completely white. Your job is to make me sputter and fume about how horrible and debauched and worthless the new generation is.
And ya got nothing
Why ape your parents and grandparents? Where's the creativity? Where is the shock of the new?