"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.
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