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The Vampyrocracy

Laugh now, but one day, the goths will be in charge:
"Most youth subcultures encourage people to drop out of school and do illegal things," she says. "Most goths are well educated, however. They hardly ever drop out and are often the best pupils. The subculture encourages interest in classical education, especially the arts. I'd say goths are more likely to make careers in web design, computer programming ... even journalism."
"Goths are like masons," I have been told. "They're everywhere." But rather than blaming some sinister conspiracy, let us look at the reasons people become goths in the first place. According to Choque Hosein, formerly of goth band Salvation but now running a record label, "Goths tend to be the weirdo intellectual kids who have started to view the world differently."
Though does goth still draw in the intellectual misfits as it did in the 1980s, or has it become sufficiently codified and rigid to be another mainstream, rewarding conformity in its own way? And does "viewing the world differently" involve any actual nonconformity, or merely constraining oneself to a gamut of black-clad clichés?

The freemasonry comparison, though, is quite apt; for a while, during the dot-com bubble of the 1990s, practically every rising startup was run mostly by goths; had the bubble not burst, one could imagine the world of IT, in a few decades' time, being controlled by a quasi-Masonic network of kinships formed in goth clubs, with passwords and shibboleths based on Sisters of Mercy/Nick Cave lyrics and quasi-self-mocking catchphrases; those who never did the hard yards at the Abyss or Slimelight or wherever before their hair started to fall out would probably have found themselves excluded from the market for lack of connections.

Though even if the goths never take over completely, they'll surely have much more hot, kinky, transgressive sex in the interim than the common colour-wearing, James Blunt/Britney Spears/Kaiser Chiefs/Yo La Tengo-listening multitudes. Or so a goth told me.

There are 4 comments on "The Vampyrocracy":

Posted by: datakid Tue Mar 21 21:48:51 2006

Do Goths define "hot, kinky, transgressive" as "with other people"?

What _is_ transgressive sex?

Posted by: acb Tue Mar 21 23:56:17 2006

Transgressive, in this case, meaning stuff that would completely freak out the normals and mundanes, because their small, socially-conditioned minds are unable to cope with it. Notably BDSM, cross-dressing, various fetishes, and neither knowing nor caring what the actual sex of one's partner at the time is. (Apparently the way to tell is that the male ones look better in skirts.)

Posted by: Greg Fri Mar 24 04:17:37 2006

I've seen arguments isomorphic to this one every few years for the last couple of decades. It seemed odd in the 80s - even the late 90s - to equate "having a job in computers" with social success. Only a youth or parent desperate to fool themselves would fall for it now.

Posted by: acb Fri Mar 24 09:12:53 2006

So the goths are not the new rulers but the new untouchable caste of drones in the salt mines?