QUOTE(arche @ Jan 17 2006, 08:52 PM) [snapback]339658[/snapback]
There's Goth and there's Popularized Goth.
Popularized Goth is like everything that is popularized, watered down to appeal to a larger group of people while still pretending to be a niche in itself.
Real Goth is actually not as pleasant to look at unless you understand or appreciate it. I don't have the interest in trying to fully appreciate true Goth and can only somewhat appreciate Popularized Goth, which shows how watered down popularized goth is
Ok, being at my advanced age compared to everyone else around here. This is what a goth is in the sense of culture, not arcitecture.
Goths were people who liked to dress up in victorian style clothes and listen to bands such as bauhaus. My friends who are old school goths like to dress beautifully, were attracted to the dark side of life without being whinny wankers and were intellegent people. I had almost forgotten what goths really looked like until I went to the club last monday and saw women dressed in these fabulolus victorian style dresses (black of course) and men with nice coats and trousers. Not quite actual victorian but a variation of.
Fastforward to the year 2004-6. Now, to be labled a goth all you need to do is wear black, whine alot about your parents and look depressed. A far cry from the goths I used to know. In fact, I was once labled as goth because I was wearing a black Ramones shirt and a black pair of pants. Back in the day no one in their right mind would have mistaken me for a goth.
And Arche is right, is has been watered down to be sold to the general public so they can be alternitive and undergroud in order to fit in with everyone else.